Steph Curry also is arrogant.
"He's humble and cocky at the same time -- which is why we like him," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said back on April 2, 2017 after Curry dropped 42 points on the Washington Wizards. "He's a very humble, modest human being -- which the guys respect.
"And he's an arrogant basketball player, which is what you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself, and he goes out there and he's looking to light it up every night. Take him off the floor and you won't find a kinder, gentler human being. It's a pretty powerful force."
Nothing more fun than Steph Curry in 2015-16 pic.twitter.com/myUwt41X4y
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 31, 2020
Earlier this week, Curry was asked by Chris "COSeezy" Strachan what he would say to people who think he's cocky.
"I get how you can interpret it that way," the two-time NBA MVP said. "And if I was on the other side, I'd probably be upset. When I shimmy and stuff -- sometimes it kind of pushes against whatever that invisible line is (between) having fun (or) disrespecting. But at the same hand, I can take it too.
"CP (Chris Paul) hit a three over me in the Western Conference finals and shimmied the whole way down the court. I've been on the other side of it and I can take it. I'm not sensitive ...
"They hate when you winning, too. When you're winning and doing it -- they don't like that. I'm cool with it."
In case you forgot what the CP3 shimmy looked like:
Remember when CP3 shimmied hard in Steph's face? 🤣 pic.twitter.com/5frkl8BUUK
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 24, 2020
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When Kerr took over as Warriors head coach in May 2014, he instilled four core principles into the bedrock of the team's culture -- joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition.
And as he said earlier this month:
Steve Kerr: "Steph allows for everything in this organization to function smoothly. He's helped build the culture, and it's largely been built around his joy and his energy. And it just fills every corner of this organization."
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 8, 2020
But Curry didn't always ooze with joy on the court.
He had surgery on his right ankle twice -- first in May 2011 and then again in April 2012 -- and had doubts about his NBA career.
"Injuries got in the way of who I wanted to be on the court," he told Strachan. "It was wild time. You get into the league and you're just so excited to be there knowing that you can play. And then after that it's like boom -- sitting there rehabbing for two straight summers and not really understanding what's going on.
"But thankfully, God got me (and) I came back and I was able to just play basketball. And that actually fueled my joy, too, because when the game is taken away from you like that ... just to be back on the floor, it's like, 'All right, I'm here.'
"If you actually think about it, too, that's when all my celebrations started. I was real chill those first (few) years -- super serious, trying to prove myself. And then after that, I was like, 'I'm just having fun man, forget it.'"
Keep having fun, Steph.
It's good for the game.
Warriors' Steph Curry understands why some people believe he is cocky originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area