sfgate photo: San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives against Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
The night when Stephen Curry broke his left hand, most local television stations broke that news at the top of the hour and then in the second block of their newscasts right after the fires in the Bay Area and in Southern California,they went into detail and then teased their sports segment that was coming later.
Warriors fans who have been treated to three NBA titles in recent years,were shocked,that the team will have to play without Curry (at least 45 games)-that’s over half of the 82 game NBA season. After the 45 games Curry will be re-evaluated to see if his is ready to play again. In the euphoria of Warriors Nation the past few years where they are expected to win all the time,it was inconceivable their team with no Curry.
It was a shock. We must never forget,these athletes are made of bone and flesh,and at anytime they could get hurt. Not only while playing, but driving or at home and in many ways other than going to the hoop to score a basket.
So now what? This Warriors team has a lot of young players,looking to become stars in the league. One of the veterans, Draymond Green,who is playing in his eight season with the Warriors, said the obvious “The Warriors are a lot different without Curry” But Draymond now has to tend to himself as he suffered a sprained left index finger during Friday’s lost to the San Antonio Spurs. His availability for tonight’s game against Charlotte is in question.
Even before the Curry injury nobody should expected this Warriors team to be among the elite teams in the league,but now things look very much different and looks like the W’s will be looking to save the season. The opportunity for the younger players is there and coach Kerr knows it.
This is when a good coach can help a team that needs some leadership and direction. It is easier for a coach to win when you have the talent and nobody wins without talent. The best jockey in the world cannot win the race,if the horse is limping.
The famous rapper LL Cool J once said “When adversity strikes,that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back,stay strong,stay grounded and press on”. Those are simple, but wise words,as the Warriors are facing all that and more early during this season.