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Warriors Blog Squad: Stephen Curry
My name is Stephen Curry and I play for the Golden State Warriors. After a great college experience at Davidson, I got drafted by the Warriors and moved to Oakland which is a long way from my hometown of Charlotte, NC. Playing in the NBA is a dream come true and now I get to test my skills every night against the best basketball players in the world. I'll be keeping a diary with GQ, so follow along with me on this amazing journey.

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Wednesday, April 14 (10:00 a.m.)

Looking Too Young To Sit At A Restaurant Bar

Curry's youthful looks required a Salt Lake City restaurant to card the first-year guard and his teammates..
Here's a funny story: I went to California Pizza Kitchen in Salt Lake City the other day. A bunch of my teammates and I were going to eat there right before we saw Hot Tub Time Machine, and so we wanted to get in and get out quickly. We wanted to sit at the bar, but the lady didn't think I was old enough. So because of me, the whole group got carded. I tweeted at the bar right after that happenedand as we're sitting there watching the women's basketball championship, the bartender comes over and says, "You've got a call on the phone." I didn't know who knew I was at California Pizza Kitchen, so I asked who it was, and she said "Michael." I know a lot of Michaels, so I took my chances and answered it. And the guy's like, "Is this Stephen Curry?" I was like, "Yeah, who is this?" And he's like, "You don't know me, but I'm new to this Twitter thing, and I just wanted to see if it worked. I'm from Tampa Bay, and I just googled California Pizza Kitchen in Salt Lake City and tried it out just to see if this Twitter thing was real." And I just so happened to be sitting next to the phone at the bar, the lady just handed it to me. He gave me his little speech about being from Tampa, how he saw the game in Orlando, and was a big fanhow he wanted to get some memorabilia. He just wanted to verify Twitter's power. Ha.

So after last night, we've got just one game left, which I can't believe. The playoffs start this weekend, and I'll probably watch whatever game's on any given night, but I don't know if I'll be glued to it. I'm actually going to be a Twitter correspondent. NBA.com is going to assign me to a series, so I'll watch all the games in that particular series, and be a journalist. I'll have some fun watching the games, but I'd rather be out there playing.


Wednesday, April 7 (2:35 p.m.)

My First Pro Injury

A sudden ankle injury had Curry on the sidelines cheering on his teammates in one of Coach Nelson's suit jackets.
We've just been winding down the seasonhome for a while, now on the road for a few games. Enjoying the weather, trying to get this last win for Nellie [Coach Don Nelson is one victory away from becoming the winningest NBA coach in history], and that's about it.

A couple weeks ago I had to deal with my first and only injury of the season. I played against the Lakers on a Monday night, had practice that Tuesday, shoot-around Wednesday morning, and then went back to my apartment for my usual pre-game nap. When I woke up, my ankle was really stiff and sore. It kind of scared me at first. I didn't know what had happened to it because I didn't sprain it or anything at the shoot-around, so I tried to just walk it off. I thought it might've been one of those passing sort of ordeals. Then I got to the arena and it felt progressively worse. I suited up for my pre-game warmup like I usually do, and I got out there and took two jump shots and couldn't land on my ankle. So I went to get it checked out and they found some inflammation. I hadn't been planning to sit out, and so I didn't have a suit to wear on the bench. I had jeans and a button-down, but I didn't want to miss the action, and needed a blazer. So I had to wear one of Coach's extra suit jackets. He's 6'6" and about 240 pounds, so that jacket sort of swallowed me whole. That was the same ankle I hurt last February, when I had a serious sprain. Same ankle, just a weird freak injury. I was kind of upset because I was trying to play all 82 games this season. My teammates were starting to call me Iron Man or something. I wanted that nickname to stick, but I missed two games total.


Thursday, March 18 (5:11 p.m.)

Stephen Curry's Second-Favorite Sport

Curry spends much of his free time on the golf course with other members of the NBA family.
I had the day off yesterday, and I went to Pebble Beach to play golf. That was very, very cool. Calbert Cheaney, who works in the front office, he set it all up for me, him, and (Warriors PR Director) Dan Martinez to drive down to Monterey for a little 12:30 tee time. It was the first time for all of us, so it was pretty fun. I knew the course pretty well, though, just from Tiger Woods video games, and I played pretty well. It was cool to see it in person, and to actually play decently. No friendly bets, nothing like that. We were all just too busy taking pictures on each tee. I had a flip camera out so I was documenting the whole round. It was pretty cold and windy, so the conditions weren't prime, but the views were still amazing.

They were setting up everything for the US Open, which will be at Pebble in June. They'd already cut the fairways to the width the pros are gonna play, so we basically got to experience the pro conditions. It was obviously colder than it will be this summer, and the greens were a little slower, but it was comparableso when I'm watching this summer, I can say I played that. And that I broke 90. So I was pretty happy about that.

I'm not getting to play all that much more now that the weather's getting nicer, since the team has a pretty rigid schedule for us most days. Whenever we have days off, though, I'll probably go play. This was only my third or fourth time this year. But here's something exciting: I got invited to play that celebrity tournament up at Lake Tahoe this summerthe one with Charles Barkley and all them. It was great to get that invite.


Monday, March 15 (5:05 p.m.)

The Record That Stephen Curry And The Warriors Are Gunning For

Curry would like for Don Nelson to get the record for the most NBA coaching wins before this season ends. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
We were back East for a while a couple weeks ago. Anytime we get to the East Coast, we like being in that time zone, since a lot of our team is from there. Any East Coast road trip we have is very exciting, just being on the road, taking it all in. Everyone has restaurants that they love on the East Coastmainly just fast food joints like Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles. We like to indulge ourselves.

I've kind of found, throughout the season, that the NBA goes through different waves of play-level, if that makes sense. In the beginning of the year, it's Opening Night, and during the first three weeks you're trying to get off to a good start, so everybody's wired and excited. There's such an incredible level of energy surrounding the team. Then you get into late November and Decemberwinter and the holidays, Christmas. Then it kinda winds down a little bit. People are still competitive but they're starting to get a little fatigued, after those first couple months. You're trying to get your second legs for the rest of the year. Then you get to the time when you're gearing up for the All-Star break, where everyone wants to finish on a high note. So the level picks up again, and then post-All Star break, peple are still a little tiredespecially if during their time in Dallas or wherever over the All-Star weekend, they didn't get much rest. That starts the "second half" of the year, which is really the "third third" of the year. You sort of have a little drop off in the next two weeks, and then it gets to the point right now where everyone's trying to get their seeding for the playoffs. The level of competition seems to be at its peak before the playoffs. Our main goal right now is just trying to get Nellie [Coach Don Nelson] that record. We're six victories away from him breaking the all-time wins record for an NBA coach. That's our mission, that's our playoff race. We gotta get six of the next 17and then we'll consider it to be a successful end of the year.


Friday, March 12 (12:55 p.m.)

Stephen Curry's Charlotte Homecoming (Part 2)

Curry had ample support for his NBA game in his native Charlotte on March 6. (photo: Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE/Getty)
The first possession of the game was a dead ball. So we were taking the ball out of bounds and the big man threw it in to me, and the crowd went crazy, like I had scored a game-winning basket or somethingbut I was just dribbling up the floor. That was hilarious. I started laughing out loud, because I definitely didn't expect that. I thought that maybe they might go a little crazy when I scored my first points, but not just for getting the ball down the court.

It was a pretty close game all the way to the end. I missed my first two shots and then I made my third one. It felt really great to get that first bucket. I think we were down by five at halftime, and we kept it close till all the way to about three minutes left in the game. Then they went on a run and they ended up winning by 11. When the game was over, I went back to the locker room, did the media thing, and then I came out and everybody that I bought tickets formy family and my friendsthey got to stay in this big section, and I went up and down the line saying 'hi' to everbody, taking pictures and stuff like that. It was good to talk to all my family that I hadn't seen in awhile, but it was kinda weird, too. Whoever organized it did it sort of like a fan appearance. Everybody was sitting in a section120 or 130 peopleand they each had their own little seat in the section. So they would stand up, one smaller row at a time, and I would sit in the empty section below and walk up and down and say hi and give hugs, and talk for a second, and then that row would leave and I would talk to the next group. It felt weird because it was with my family, so I didn't want it to be real formalized, like I was talking to fans or whatever, but I guess that's just the best way to get to everybody in an organized fashion.


Thursday, March 11 (6:30 p.m.)

Stephen Curry's Charlotte Homecoming (Part 1)

Curry had March 6's game in Charlotte circled on the calendar from the day the NBA's schedule came out. (photo: Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty)
We had three games on the road trip before I got to Charlotte. We played down in Orlando and then in Miami and then went to Atlanta, where about 200 Davidson alumni had bought tickets for the game. It was sort of like a warm-up for how it was going to be in Charlotte. We lost the game, but I played pretty well. [Ed: 31 points and 11 assists] Afterwards, over a hundred of the alums gathered in a room and I gave a little thank you speech. Towards the end of the speech, they started singing "Sweet Caroline," which is the song that the basketball team had pretty much adopted since our run in the Tournament three years ago. So that whole experience in Atlanta was great.

I got into Charlotte just after midnight, and Davidson had played in the Southern Conference Tournament that afternoon. They had unfortunately lost to Elon in the first round, but all my coaches and some of the basketball staff stayed downtown and I met up with them right away when I got in. So at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, there were ten or twelve of my coaches and basketball department staff from Davidson who came to the hotel and sat in the lobby and caught up with me. That afternoon, instead of taking my usual pre-game nap, I stayed awake and watched them playmy computer on my bed, hoping they could pull one out so that I could get to their next game on Saturday. Needless to say, my coaches were a little upset.


Friday, February 26 (12:45 p.m.)

Stephen Curry on the Warriors' Best Win of the Year

Curry helped lead the Warriors come back from an 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a recent win against the Hawks. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
I think to date that win against the Hawks on Sunday was our biggest win of the yearbecause they're third or fourth in the east. Down by 17 going into the fourth quarter. It probably was our best performance to finish out a game, no doubt about that. In Dallas, winning a game with six guys was another one of our best wins, but that game against Atlanta was definitely big for us and I bet it'll be on ESPN Classic when NBA TV's breaking down all the best games of last year.

I just feel so much more comfortable and confident every game I play. Where we are in our season, I've had a couple times when Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette haven't been in the lineup. That puts me, and CJ Watson, and Anthony Morrow in position to have to step up and make plays, and that does a lot for our confidencewhen you have to really just step up when your all-stars aren't in the lineup. I've had a couple games like that, and now it's just a matter of going out knowing that Coach put you out there and you've got to make plays. That's how I approach it, not really worrying about making mistakes at this point.


Thursday, February 25 (12:11 p.m.)

The Three-Point Shootout and the Jordan Party

Curry had the high score in the first round, but he wound up finishing second to Paul Pierce in the Three-Point Shootout. (photo: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty)
I'd practiced three times in Oakland after practice, on Monday, and that was it. And then we shot from four racks during practice, and then it was time to go. During the competition, I was definitely paying attention to the scoreboard when I wasn't shooting. I was third to go and my score beat the first two guys and I was like, Alright, I think I'm pretty safe. I knew 18 was pretty good. As long as I could get to the second round I thought I had a pretty good shot at winning, because my practice scores were good. Nobody had beat 20 and I beat 20 every time I'd practiced. I'd hit the money balls in my first round, so I was pretty confident I was going to win if I got to the second round and I did. Paul Pierce put up that 20 number so I was the last guy to go and I was thinking, I can definitely win it. I started out the first two racks of the second round and I was on fire, and then I hit a roadblock at the top of the key, so I had to play catch-up in the last two racks, and I didn't have enough shots to finish it out. I was definitely aware of what was going on; it's just when you're actually shooting, everything was going by so fast that you don't really have time to soak it all in.

I didn't get a chance to talk to Paul after the competition. He was already doing interviews and accepting his awards. He was messing with me before I started shooting in the second round. He knocked the ball out of my hands and tried to untie my shoes, tried to break up my rhythm and my concentration. I don't think it worked. It was just me not shooting well.

That night, I went to the Jordan party and it was basically a history of the Jordan brand. Like a display basically. They had these touch screens that took you through the history of every shoe they made. You could see the sketches of every shoe, and the highlights of the year that he was playing. With the Jordan 12s, one of things you could do was look at the highlights of the year he was wearing the shoes, and we clicked on the highlight and the highlight was him playing the Hornets and the guy who was guarding him was my Dad, so we all cracked up. We watched it like eight times and I took a video on my phone.


Wednesday, February 24 (3:50 p.m.)

LeBron and Drake Throw A Party, and the Rookies Win Big

Stephen Curry had 14 points as the Rookies beat the Sophomores for just the third time in 11 years. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
We knew we were undersized on the Rookie team. We had a bunch of point guards and two guards on the team, so we just figured we'd run a fast break and do a one-on-one kind and shoot a lot of threes. That was basically our game plan. We had DeJuan Blair in the middle, and he's our only center. He said he was going to get 20 and 20, that was his prediction, and he was right. It was definitely a lot of fun playing with those guys after playing against them all year. It was our first real All-Star game experience. It was competitive, but the whole point is to put on a show for the fans and have as much fun as possible. We had Jonny Flynn doing windmills, and we were laughing in the huddle. It was in the second half, when we were up by ten or so, that we first thought we could actually win the game. We were like, it's time to get serious. We should try to play somewhat decently and try not to let the score. And we won the gameonly the third time in eleven years that the Rookies beat the Sophomores.

After the game, my girlfriend, my roommate, a couple other guys from the Rookie team and I went to a party that was hosted by LeBron and Drake. It drew a huge crowd. Too many people actually. It was pretty much shoulder-to-shoulder with no movement at all. It was probably one of the biggest parties of the week. If you can't move and talk to people that you see, it's not really my scene. There were a lot of people that you normally don't see at night: Jamie Foxx, Nelly, and a whole lot of other basketball players. We tried to have as much fun as possiblebut I had the Three-point Shootout the next day and so I only lasted about 30 minutes. It was great to experience nightlife while I was down there, though. Do my girlfriend and my roommate leave when I leave? Yeah, I drag them home with me.


Thursday, February 4 (10:31 a.m.)

Stephen Curry Plays Against His Hometown Team

Friday's Warriors-Bobcats game was a special event for both Stephen and Dell Curry . (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
It was pretty great: last Friday, my dad [former NBA standoutr, Dell Curry] came out to Oakland to stay with me, and got to call my game against Charlotte. He does the color commentary for the Bobcats, and in the second quarter, they did an announcer swap. The color commentator for our broadcast went and called for the Bobcats, and my dad got to do it for the Warriors broadcast. He was able to be a little more biased. Ha.

In the early part of last week, I found out that I'd made the All-Star Rookie team. We were on our way back from Sacramento, and I guess they were supposed to announce the team the next morning. But I got a text message from Raymond Ridder, our PR director, who said he was scheduling a bunch of interviews and stuff for the next day, because he found out a little early that I'd made the team. He told me and I got pretty excited, but I couldn't tell anybody. I found out right before I fell asleep, so I had to keep it a secret.


Friday, January 22 (11:30 a.m.)

Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay Make a YouTube Video?

Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay spent hung out together during a recent Warriors road trip. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
In Memphis, I didn't really go out in the city, but I hung out with Rudy Gay, who's with the same agency as me, Chris Paul, and Kirk Hinrich. We went to Rudy's house and made a Rock Band video. We formed a group called Geek and Chic. I was GeekI put on some glasses. His friend had his Flip cam out and he was recording everything. I think we're going to try to put it on YouTube. We played Rock Band for two hours or something, and then watched a movie.

It was sort of like my night at LeBron's house. When you arrive in a city the afternoon or evening before the game, you can make it happen. It just depends on the schedule, and who you know on the other team. I don't like sitting in the hotel, so when I get the chance I like to head outespecially when you can get a good meal and don't have to order room service.


Tuesday, January 19 (9:54 a.m.)

My Favorite Thing About New Orleans

Playing against his friend Chris Paul was far from being Curry's only highlight of the team's recent trip to New Orleans. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
Our game against Chris Paul and the Hornets was the second leg of a back-to-back, so we didn't get to hang out at all. Sure there's plenty of time to talk before the game starts, but after the tip, there's no friends on the court. You take care of business, and then maybe afterwards in the locker room you can chat and see how things are going. He and I are signed to the same agency, so we're close. He asked me how Oakland was, the adjustment to the team and things like that. We even talked about some summer plans, about whether we were going to work out again.

The trip down to New Orleans wasn't all business, though. They have this French thing down there called beignets. I'm a big fan of those, so I kind of changed my whole routine up so that we could have a breakfast meeting at this restaurant. I had one of the people who works for the agency come pick me up and she took me to Caf du Monde. We had an hour-long lunch, and they served us some beignets and orange juice. I just had to get out and get me some of those.


Wednesday, January 13 (5:00 p.m.)

What Happens When Shaq Stomps On Your Hand...

Despite being stepped on by Shaq, Curry still had 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Two nights ago, against the Cavs, I was going down the middle and threw a pass to our center, and then I fell on the floor in the paint. Shaq was right there, but he had his back turned to me. He took a couple steps, and his last step was directly on my right hand. I didn't know what to do. I kind of went into shock 'cause I knew he was like 400 pounds.


Monday, January 11 (4:53 p.m.)

Stephen Curry Takes on the Lake Show in L.A.

For Stephen Curry, playing at Staples Center was a completely different experience when going up against the Lakers. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
It was a lot of fun to play the Lakers down at the Staples Center. Watching the Lakers in recent yearsparticularly last year when they won the championshipyou see how crazy that place is all the time. It really just feels like playoff time. Even the lighting they put on... it's different than the Clippers games. We played the Clippers in the preseason, and the Lakers have a whole different thing going on. Their lighting system makes you feel like you're on a stageand then you look at the other side, and Kobe and Pau and all those guys are coming at you. For me, that was a fun experience, even though we lost. The first time down there is always gonna be something you remember.

When we played the Lakers up in Oakland in November, there were a couple possessions where I might've gotten switched on to Kobeso I guarded him once or twice, but he didn't score on me. This time around, we went an entire game without guarding each other. I guarded him during the preseason, but somehow I avoided it this game.


Wednesday, December 16 (9:15 a.m.)

Stephen Curry Meets Some of His Favorite Celebs in NYC

While in town to play the Nets, Stephen Curry ran into some of his favorite celebrities in New York City. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
In New York, I ran into the musical artist Sean Kingston in the lobby of the hotel where I was staying. I got really nervous for a second because I think he recognized me and he knew I recognized him, but the game was to see who would say something first. I went up to him and said "Uh, hey man... What's your name?" And he said, "Sean Kingston!" I was like, "For real? I thought that was you!" I felt like a little school girl for a second but it was cool to meet him 'cause his songs were very big at Davidson parties when I was there.

Later that night, I had the honor of having dinner with Justin Tuck of the New York Giants. He's a really classy guy who I've seen play countless timesincluding the time he beat up on my Panthers! He told me about the whole Super Bowl experience and what it was like to win a Championship, and the amount of love he received from all his fans and the city of New York. Hearing him talk made me want to win so badly, and work hard enough to get to that level one day.


Monday, December 14 (10:12 a.m.)

Stephen Curry Freezes in Chicago, Gets Nostalgic in Detroit

Prior to Saturday's game, Stephen Curry hadn't been to Detroit since his brilliant performance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
Our game against Detroit marked the first time I was back in the city since Davidson's NCAA tournament run in 2008, which ended in the Elite Eight at Ford Field. A lot of the fans at the game remembered when we played Wisconsin and Kansas that year to end our magical story of a small D-1 school getting so close to the Final Four. I thought about pulling out the same shoes I wore during that tournament and wearing them during the Pistons game, even though they didn't match at all.

With all the travel we're doing to cold-weather cities, your mind definitely starts to wander. It gets you away from the game. Even when you arrive in a city, you're tempted to just sit in your hotel and rest. Sometimes it's nice to just get out and walk around, to see what's there. Especially in New York and Chicago and places like that. Most of the cities come across the same to us; we only have three or four hours when we can legitimately do something on our own. Our time in each city feels very limited, unless you know people who can take you around. But I've circled a couple cities on the schedule, certainly, that I'm particularly looking forward to.


Friday, December 11 (3:50 p.m.)

Stephen Curry Rehashes An Old Rivalry With Vince Carter

Stephen Curry played against one of his father's former teammates on December 5th. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
When we played Orlando at home last weekend, I was very excited to see Vince Carter. My Dad played with him for three years in Toronto, and I used to play one-on-one against him during practice. Tracy McGrady, too. I used to love playing one-on-one against those guys when I was eleven, twelve, thirteen years old. So that was very cool to see Vince, and actually play against himin a real NBA game.

We talked a lot before the tip and it was very cool to have that kind of connection. I was just a young kid when he was playing with my Dad, and now here I am playing against him at the highest level. He was sort of like, Hey, you grew up! We were laughing about that. When my Dad retired, I had just started to play high school ball, and Vince was in Toronto for a couple more years before moving to the Nets. During those pregame warm-ups he told me he and his family used to follow me through my Dad, and when I got to college, he kept up with the media coverage of Davidson and our run in the tournament.


Friday, December 4 (10:22 a.m.)

Stephen Curry on the Stephen Jackson / Acie Law Trade

The Warriors acquired Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic in the trade with Charlotte. (photo: NBAE/Getty)
It was kind of just word-of-mouth on the bus on the way to practice in Milwaukee, because all the guys onboard noticed that Stephen Jackson and Acie Law weren't there. A couple guys knew what was going on but they weren't talking about it. Then word kind of got around. I didn't even know who we traded for at the time. At practice, we only had six guys dressed. That was real weird. There's a rule in the NBA that you need eight guys in uniform, otherwise you forfeit the game. We were short at the time since we didn't know whether the guys we had traded for were going to make it out for the tip-off. We called Devean George, who'd been injured all season. He didn't end up having to come because we dressed Ronny Turiaf (who was also still injured)and our new teammates, Raja Bell and Vladimir Rodmanovic, ended up making it anyway. So we had exactly eight. It was kind of funny: when we walked out to take our layups, the Cleveland fans were laughing because they realized that we were the only players that our team had. You got the rebound, and you had to dribble out to half-court, and turn around to go shoot your own layup. There was no one to pass it to you.

We had one little meeting at the beginning of practice that day, the morning they got traded, in Milwaukee. So we showed up to practice and everybody was already talking about it, because we were trying to figure out what kind of practice we could have with five people. So Coach brought everybody into the huddle and said, 'As you all know, we've made a trade todayStephen Jackson is gone, Acie Law is gone. We're getting two new guys and we're very excited about having them here. It's going to be rough in the beginning with the amount of bodies that we have, but just stick with it and hopefully we'll get a full team going here pretty soon, and things will get back to normal.' That was pretty much his speech.


Thursday, November 26 (12:21 p.m.)

Stephen Curry's Thanksgiving Plans

Even when on the bus or the plane, players are focused on the next opponent. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Things are pretty upbeat right now. Our coaches are very excited about the way we're playing. We all realized that we were nowhere near where we wanted to be, so there're guys on the plane now watching film, trying to make sure that we get ourselves prepared for the next game. We're hungry to be good over here. The mentality of the team at this moment is just how positive everything isespecially with the injuries that we've had, we can only get better.

I wasn't shooting the ball all that well, so I decided to watch a few highlight reels of Davidson's tournament run my sophomore year that some people had made, and the highlight tape our video coordinator, David, had put together. It was a recommendation from my agenthe said to watch some highlights from college to remind yourself that you can play this game. And it helped. It gave me a little confidence.


Tuesday, November 24 (4:28 p.m.)

Stephen Curry Hangs at LeBron's Pad

Despite being friends off the court, LeBron James and Stephen Curry were all business during their match-up on Nov. 17. (photo: Gregory Shamus/NBAE/Getty)
I'm pretty good friends with LeBron, so in Cleveland I went to his house the night before the game. His crew that's normally hanging out at his house was thereit was pretty much his family and friends and me. I was over there for about four or five hours, just hanging. We ate dinner and sat around watching some of the other NBA games that were on that night. It was nice to get out of the hotel for a little bit, especially toward the end of a long road trip.

My sophomore year, LeBron came to the Sweet Sixteen game we [Davidson] had against Wisconsin, because he happened to be in Detroit at the same time. So he saw me play there. Then, a few days later, after we had been knocked out of the NCAA tournament, the Bobcats were playing the Cavs in Charlotte. I drove down to the game and talked to him a little bit, and that's where it all started.


Thursday, November 19 (12:40 p.m.)

How Stephen Curry Spent His Time in New York City

Stephen Curry was excited for the team's lone visit to Madison Square Garden this season.
There's been a big theme in New Yorkabout how there was talk of the Knicks drafting me, and then me getting picked up by the Warriors instead. I thought the talk would all be over once the Draft passed, or that maybe it would last a couple weeks at the very latest. But the question still comes up: Is this game going to be special because you wanted to be here? No, not really. It's special because it's in the Garden, but that's pretty much the extent of it. I'm just trying to pass it off as any other game. It's kind of a distraction.

I went shopping yesterday. One of my agents knows the Ralph Lauren rep, so we went down to Madison Avenue and went to a couple of the stores there. I picked up some good stuff. Then my trainer I worked out with this summer invited me to a charity event for the Robin Hood Foundation. They had their Thanksgiving rally for the homeless at a place called Mansion. It was a fun time.

This New York game was my biggest ticket request of the season thus far. I have 25 people coming to the game. The guy I'm living with in Oakland, he's from New York, so his family's going to be there. And a guy who I played with in high school, he goes to UNC-Wilmington and he called me and said, "Yo, I'm in New York." So I'm going to get lunch with him, and then get a quick nap, then head right back to the Garden.


Tuesday, November 17 (4:03 p.m.)

How Stephen Curry Made Jonny Flynn (A Little) Jealous

Stephen Curry matched up with fellow first-rounder Jonny Flynn on Nov. 9. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
For that one-stop roadtrip to Sacramento, we took the bus after practice the day before the game, checked into the hotel, and then went to dinner. It was me and three of my teammates, and we didn't know our way around, so we went to the lobby and asked the concierge. He pointed us to McCormick and Schmick's, and we just walked there, right down the street. We didn't exactly disguise our being basketball players. Or being from Golden State. We wore sweatsuits from the bus trip, sweatpants, tennis shoes. And I think each of us had Warriors gear on.

After that game against the Kings, we went back to Oakland to face Minnesota, who we ultimately beat by 40. It feels like every game we've played this year has been a blowout. Either we're getting blown out or we're blowing out the other team. With the Timberwolves, I got to play against Jonny Flynn. We kind of have a long history, way back to our freshman year in college when we played on the same U-19 national team that went to Serbia. Out of that twelve-man roster, six or seven of us are in the NBA now. That's where Jonny and I first met. Afterwards, we kept in contact and went to a couple camps together over the next two summers. And then we spent lots of time together at the NBA Draft, since we were two of the guys who got called up to New York.


Friday, November 13 (10:06 a.m.)

Stephen Curry Moves To Oakland

Stephen Curry has looked to teammates like Anthony Morrow for advice both on and off the court. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The last game I played in college was in the NIT against St. Mary's. That was the first time I had come to the Oakland area. So, the last game I played in college and the first game of my NBA career were out here in the Bay Area. It's pretty cool. When I moved out, my Mom and Dad came to help me get settled into my apartmenta place I ultimately got hooked up with in Coach Nelson's building. We had to figure out how to get all my shoes over here. That was a little stressful. Playing basketball all my life, I've collected a lot of different basketball shoes. It's pretty much all I wear. My Mom and Dad stayed for about a week and then let me go. I'm not completely alone though. I have a friend who's my business manager, so he stays here with me.

In the middle of September, when I came out to Oaklandthat was two weeks before training camp beganthere were seven or eight guys who would go to the gym everyday to workout and play a little pick-up. It was a lot like my summer in Charlotte: you wake up, work out, and then try to find something to do to pass the time. The Bay Area's nice, but everything's spread out and you really have to know where to go.



Don't miss your chance to meet Stephen Curry. The Warriors guard will be on hand at the Sports Gallery in Walnut Creek on Saturday, November 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. To find out how you can reserve your spot to meet the Warriors' 2009 Draft pick, click here.

Wednesday, November 11 (11:45 a.m.)

Stephen Curry's Summer In Charlotte

Stephen Curry spent part of his summer playing the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. (photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)
From two days before the Draft until about June 30, I didn't touch a basketball, because of the traveling and the media and the meetings with front offices. Right after the Draft, when I came out to Oakland, there was a press conference and a dinner with the owner, GM, and Coach Nelson.

We did some sightseeing and some house searching the next day, but to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. I tried to find a spot close to our gym, because I figured that's where I'd spend most of my time. But it was kind of weird searching for a place where I was going to live by myself for the first time. I just wanted three bedrooms, and tried to figure out the best spot that felt right. After all that, though, I couldn't make a decision before I moved back home to Charlotte to work out for the summer.



Don't miss your chance to meet Stephen Curry. The Warriors guard will be on hand at the Sports Gallery in Walnut Creek on Saturday, November 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. To find out how you can reserve your spot to meet the Warriors' 2009 Draft pick, click here.

Monday, November 9 (4:37 p.m.)

Stephen Curry and the NBA Draft

The longest three hours of Stephen Curry's life finally ended when Commissioner Stern announced his name at the NBA Draft. (photo: Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE/Getty)
As soon as the school year ended, I signed with my agency, Octagon, and moved to D.C. to work out with a personal trainer and some strength coaches that Octagon hooked me up with. So from the end of May until the middle of June, I was working out everyday with the other four guys that Octagon had signed for the draft class. We would visit with teams, workout for a day or two, and then come back to D.C. Then we'd work out some more before making another trip. That was pretty much the pattern up until the Draft.

The Draft was on a Thursday in New York, so I got there Tuesday nighta few days early to do the media circuit. We had photo shoots. We had a charity event. We got to tour New York for a little bit. I had only been to New York to play ball. Maybe three or four times for games. When Thursday came around there was more media stuff. At the hotel there were a bunch of NBA sponsors that we had to meet. We were busy all Draft Day. Then that night, we all put on our suitsabout a month before the Draft, a guy in Greensboro helped me design my suit, make it, and tailor itand went over to Madison Square Garden. We took a bunch of pictures with the commissioner. We took some pictures with some more NBA sponsors and some fans, too. Then you're sitting in the green room before the actual Draft starts. Waiting. That was probably the longest three hours of my life, just waiting.

There were 16 of us that got invited to the Draft. A small group, and we all pretty much spent the whole two days together while we were in New York. And so we're all sitting there in the green room. I was anxious. You kind of don't know what to expect in that moment. After the first pick's done, you think every pick after that is gonna be you--and then there's a minor letdown right after Commissioner Stern calls somebody else's name. And then, as soon as the clock starts for the next team, you get nervous again. It's a rollercoaster of emotions.



Don't miss your chance to meet Stephen Curry. The Warriors guard will be on hand at the Sports Gallery in Walnut Creek on Saturday, November 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. To find out how you can reserve your spot to meet the Warriors' 2009 Draft pick, click here.

Thursday, November 5 (11:32 a.m.)

Stephen Curry's First Road Trip

Curry wasted no time before working out upon the team's arrival in Phoenix last week. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
We had practice the morning after that first game, and then we went straight to the airport to catch a chartered plane down to Phoenix. Once we got to Phoenix, we checked into the hotel. All of us are in the same place, each with our own rooms, and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. Which is totally different than college, where they manage your schedule for you. In the NBA, you're on your own.

I knew Jason Richardson from the Suns, and our personal trainer that we both worked out with in the summertime was also in Phoenix, so I hung out with them that night. We went to Phoenix's workout facility, and I got some shots up there. Then I went out to eat with them before heading back to the hotel for some sleep. That's the first time on a road trip that I worked out as soon as we got into town. But I had a lot of energy; I had to get it out.

The morning of game-day, we had our shootaround at 11. It lasted for about an hour, and then we had the rest of the day to ourselves. The first bus to the game leaves two-and-a-half hours prior to tip, and then there's a second bus that leave two hours before the game. But for me and some of the others young guys, we take a separate car service with two of our assistant coaches so we can get an extra workout in while the court's empty, before everybody else gets there. It's sort of a mandatory and optional thing. They say you don't have to come, but that's not a good sign to the coach. Yeah, I take that back. It's mandatory.


Thursday, November 5 (11:25 a.m.)

Stephen Curry's NBA Debut

Curry played his first regular season NBA game against the Rockets on October 28, 2009. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Wednesday morning I woke up at about 9:30, and got a good breakfast inan egg-and-cheese bagel and a waffle. We had a shoot-around at 11, and afterwards, I got a nice smoothie, went home, and took a three-hour nap. My mom was in town for opening night, and she was staying in one of my extra bedrooms. So she cooked my favorite spaghetti for my pre-game meal when I woke up. Pretty good comfort food. My dad [Dell Curry] was doing color commentary for the Charlotte Bobcats' opening night, so he couldn't make it out.

On my way to the stadium, I panicked a little because I didn't realize there'd be so much traffic. I had a set time that I was supposed to be at the arena to start warming up. Normally it takes about 10 minutes to get to the stadium, but with the traffic I was a little stressed. I ended up getting there on time, and there was a film crew from NBA.com that wanted to document my first opening night. They wanted video footage of me pulling into the parking lot through to when the game started, but they didn't know when I'd be arriving. So, when I got to the arena, I walked all the way to the locker room, and when they came in, they were like, "Agh, we missed your entrance! Can you go back to the car and do it again?" So I went out and pulled the car back in, hopped out, and walked back to the arena again so they could film it. I was down on the court 30 minutes later for my warm-up. I thought I'd be nervous the whole time, but it felt pretty natural.


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