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Offbeat Steph Curry talks DeMarcus Cousins signing, LeBron James' move: 'You've still got to beat us'

19:02  11 july  2018
19:02  11 july  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Steph Curry talks DeMarcus Cousins signing , LeBron James ' move : ' You ' ve still got to beat us '. Sam Amick. While his Golden State Warriors were working to land a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins not long after winning their third title in four years, and the Los Angeles Lakers were adding

The Lakers made big moves during free agency by signing LeBron James , but it didn't take long for the Warriors to respond with the addition of DeMarcus Cousins . While James is expected to be a big pl .

Steph Curry has been a busy man these past few weeks.

While his Golden State Warriors were working to land a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins not long after winning their third title in four years, and the Los Angeles Lakers were adding longtime adversary LeBron James as other stars like Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Houston’s Chris Paul stayed put, Curry and his wife, Ayesha, were making a roster addition of their own. But on the day Canon Jack Curry was born and his young sisters, Riley and Ryan, met their new brother, there was unexpected basketball business that demanded his attention.

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Even with LeBron James now in his conference, Curry was confident as he spoke to USA Today. Having won three of the last four NBA championships, the Warriors went out and got Cousins , coming off a torn We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry reminded that although the Los Angeles Lakers signed Lebron The Lakers then quickly moved to add veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you ’ ve still got to beat us .”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers was analyzing all the angles of a possible Cousins coup, and he had to hear from the 30-year-old whose voice on locker room matters looms so large.

“It actually happened about five hours after my wife had given birth,” Curry told USA TODAY Sports by phone this week. “I was in the hospital, and I didn’t have my phone on me. My dad was there, and Bob Myers called and wanted to congratulate me and the family on the new addition. And then he said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a potential opportunity to sign DeMarcus,’ and we all looked at each other like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

And just like that, his work family had a new member too.

“I don’t think (adding Cousins in free agency) was on anybody’s radar going into the summer,” Curry continued. “(Myers) laid out how it happened with DeMarcus’ free agency, and the early stages and what-not, and he was like, ‘Hey if we can sign him would you like to play with him?’ And I said, ‘Obviously, hell yeah. That would be amazing.’”

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So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you ’ ve still got to beat us .” Steph Curry believes that they are still the best team in the Western Now, Golden State has five All-Stars on their roster and it could eventually lead to all of them starting at the same time. Cousins is still recovering from

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In advance of the 29th annual Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament this weekend, Curry discussed everything from Cousins to Canon to the reality that his team’s dominance has sparked a league-wide debate about competitive balance.

Q: So we had Chris Paul going from the Clippers to the Rockets last year, and now with LeBron going to LA this is the second straight summer where a huge star is relocating, in essence, because his team couldn’t figure out how to get past you guys. Does that idea resonate with you, that this massive movement is all sparked by the accomplishments of your group?

A: For sure, because we’re the champs. Every year, every summer, everybody has to figure out, for one, what’s the best interest for you as a person, and your family and where you are in your career and make decisions. And two, if I was on the other side, and I wasn’t on the team that was the last man standing and holding the trophy, you try to exhaust all efforts to try to figure out how to get better as a team, get in a better situation, whatever the case is. But it also goes both ways, because we’re trying to get better too.

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Now, Curry is speaking finally, talking to Sam Amick from USA Today about the Warriors summer, his new baby, and the move that has So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you ’ ve still got to beat us . Curry talked about his growing family, the addition of DeMarcus Cousins and the

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So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever. We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice. Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us. That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going and that type of stuff.

Q: How do you see the DeMarcus move from a basketball standpoint?

A: We have an opportunity to play a different style than we ever have, which is a low post scorer, a playmaker like DeMarcus, and the versatility we could have in the lineup with him (will be great). I know he has talked about the potential being scary, and coach (Steve) Kerr has talked about the challenge and the bright spots of being able to infuse DeMarcus’ talent and skill-set into what we do. All that stuff is just exciting.

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Steph Curry on LeBron Move to L.A., Stacked Western Conference: ' Still Have to Beat Us '. Curry also said he did see the DeMarcus Cousins signing coming until Warriors general manager Bob " We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship

Both Magic Johnson and LeBron James did extensive homework prior to their monumental meeting that USA TODAY. When Magic Johnson walked into LeBron James ’ Los Angeles area home on the night of Steph Curry talks DeMarcus signing , LeBron James ' move : ' You ' ve still got to beat us '.

Knowing what he’s been through, with his Achilles (tear in February) and the recovery and the opportunity he has to come back and prove a lot of people wrong, I like that. I like a motivated and driven DeMarcus coming back from this injury and helping us win another championship, so it’s going to be crazy and exciting. I don’t really know how it’ll play out Xs and Os wise, but we have a lot of talented guys who know how to sacrifice, who know how to play the game at a high level, who have high IQs. He’ll transition just fine. At the end of the day, we’re about winning, so I don’t think anything will get in the way of that from a distraction standpoint.

Q: Unpack the locker room side of it for me. I mean a couple months ago, he was trying to storm into your locker room and now he’s part of it (After a Dec. 4 game in New Orleans in which Durant and Cousins were both ejected, Cousins had to be held back by security after attempting to enter the Warriors’ locker room). But it sounds like you green-lighted this right away?

A: Oh, for sure. We like those challenges. I guess you’d call it ‘The Revival,’ I guess, in the sense that that’s where a guy’s reputation is around the league. But at the end of the day, I’ve played with DeMarcus in Team USA stuff (during their time together competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Cousins jokingly referred to himself as ‘the third Splash Brother’). I’ve played against him. We’ve had run-ins, the teams had run-ins. …But it’s going to be fun.

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Stephen Curry is relishing the prospect of facing LeBron James in the Western Conference, as he remains confident the While that move raises the level in the West, Curry had a warning for James and his new team. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron , but you ' ve still got to beat us ."

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Q: How do you see the LeBron move? It obviously helps them, but he made that move West and you guys aren’t going away, or Houston or Utah, or OKC or Portland. What do you think they’ll be as a team?

A: I don’t know what they’re going to be as a team, because obviously it’s brand new and they don’t have their identity. But at the end of the day they’ll come together with LeBron leading the charge. At the end of the day, he’s in a great market, he’s in a great city, he’s around a great organization that has had a history of winning, he’s with (Lakers president of basketball operations) Magic (Johnson). It’s interesting for him to make a move.

There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit – including us. It’s going to be fun for fans, playing (more) in the regular season and who knows in the playoffs. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you’ve still got to beat us.

Q: You getting any sleep these days with the little guy up at all hours?

A: It’s been exciting, but obviously surreal. I’ve messed up the he-she pronouns countless times already. But I’ve talked to a crazy amount of parents who talk about going from two to three kids, and the difference – we’re only a week in, a week and a half in, but still learning lessons and we’re enjoying it. Blessing all the way around, for sure.

Steph Curry insists the Warriors have not ruined the NBA

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Fresh off signing a 4 million free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James seems to be adapting to his environment quite nicely, especially the film industry in nearby Hollywood. Steph Curry talks DeMarcus signing , LeBron 's move : ' You ' ve still got to beat us '.

The restricted free agent signed a two-year, million contract with the Chicago Bulls after negotiating with the Bucks on an agreement for the team to rescind their qualifying offer, thus making him an Steph Curry talks DeMarcus signing , LeBron James ' move : ' You ' ve still got to beat us '.

Q: You know the old saying about going from man-to-man to zone when you have three kids…

A: We’re already experiencing that. You tend to be at the house and lose one kid somewhere around the house and start yelling until you find them, but we’re doing our best.

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