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The NBA has had busy weeks, with the big names moving since the start of the free agency activity on June 30th.
The Golden State Warriors were at the center of all this action, they lost Kevin Durant against the Brooklyn Nets, and then broke off the pillars of Andre Iguodala (via trade) and Shaun Livingston.(Up).
On Thursday, we learned what Steph Curry was thinking about the state of the Warriors when he addressed the media after a training session at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.
Curry was open during a lengthy question and answer session on Durant's release with the kind of diplomatic response that could be expected from Curry.
"The three years we had were special," Curry said via The Mercury News. "With KD, we had three consecutive appearances in the final, we won two and we did a lot as a group, everyone talks about the amount of talent we have on our team, but that does not guarantee that you can count I am really proud of what we have accomplished.
"The beauty of the free agency is that everyone has a decision, everyone has the choice.You want to find your happiness anywhere.The beauty of the NBA is that everyone has this decision at some point , especially the guys who deserve it, like KD and J, like to look at what we've done and focus on that and be extremely proud of this race that we've had.Now we'll have to recreate it in terms of what it means for the future. "
Curry also spoke about the arrival of a new member, Angelo Russell, who came to Golden State to sign a trade deal with the Nets.
"The noise he made last year was amazing, which they did in Brooklyn and he went on to the next step as a Certified All-Star," said Curry. "I did not have a lot of personal interaction with him, either on the court or off the court. On his return, he compared our game. How he played flexibly, he can shoot, he can pass Have a guy as versatile as it only helps your team.
"Chemistry will evolve rapidly, we're really going to think about it and try to set the tone for this year's game, it's about encouraging each other and making sure we get the best out of each other." Klay (Thompson) will come back as well, we'll add him to the backstage mix, it'll be fun. "
Curry spoke of the loss of Iguodala and Livingston, who were both key members of the last three Warriors teams.
"It's a tough business, it's part of it," Curry said. "We knew at one time or another, whether it was this year, the next year, or the next year, there would be tough decisions to make, difficult changes.
"You talk about Andre and Shaun, two guys who do things the right way, who have the highest level of professionalism and leadership, and who just have a presence when they walk into the room. , which makes them what they are, three times champions, both of them.They have a lot in the tank.
Finally, Curry expressed optimism about the new challenges ahead.
"It's a tough way to end the final with KD and Klay getting injured, and freeing with free will," Curry said. "For us, our core, myself, Klay, Draymond (Green), adding Angelo and a lot of hungry young guys trying to prove themselves in the league, will have a different look when it comes to alignments and things like that But the expectations of how we play, this championship caliber basketball, will always be the motivation and the challenge for us. "
It will be interesting to see how the Warriors will rebound next season, but you know that Curry will have fun trying to guide them through their new challenges.