Will Stephen Curry finally cure the ailing Warriors?
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made an instant splash during his rookie NBA campaign. The seventh pick from Davidson, averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2009-2010 season. Though the Warriors finished at a familiar perch of 30 games below .500, maybe Curry's play is a harbinger of what is to come in Oakland.
Since Rick Barry led the Warriors to the 1975 NBA Championship, the team has finished over the .500 mark only 11 times. That equates to 24 losing seasons in the last 35 years. Aside from the team's miraculous upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs, there has been very little pro basketball cheer within the confines of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Despite the Warriors' ongoing underachievement, the fans still show up to Oracle Arena in droves. Last season, Golden State averaged more than 18,000 paid customers per home game. Clearly, the Bay Area is starving for a winner.
Will Stephen Curry be the guy to make this happen?
One thing is certain, the man who finished runner-up in Rookie of the Year balloting is completely dedicated to getting it done.
While other players choose to live in San Francisco or Contra Costa County, Curry has elected to live within the city limits of Oakland. His apartment, located on the shores of Lake Merritt, allows for an easy commute to the arena and an even quicker ride to the Warriors' practice facility in Downtown Oakland. This choice of location was a very conscious decision by Curry, who has been known to utilize the practice gym, late into the evening, during non game nights.
The boyish looking Curry, who amazingly was carded at a California Pizza Kitchen in Salt Lake City even though he was not purchasing alcohol, is far more serious than his facade might indicate.
Whether on the hardwood or in the community, Curry appears to be engrossing himself into his new surroundings. These efforts include his interaction with fans. Below are two video examples of this situation.
The first scene took place at Oracle Arena, prior to the Warriors' game vs. the New York Knicks on April 2.
The second setting is an appearance at a Lucky's Supermarket in San Ramon, California, on what happened to be Curry's birthday of March 14.