The Golden State Warriors are entering the 2019-20 season with a host of new players, but as the Warriors’ best player, Steph Curry is focused on continuing to use his own leadership style.
In a story from ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Curry spoke of how he will have to be conscious of what the team needs to be successful. Curry, 31, is the oldest player on Golden State, and with his experience he has an opportunity to lead a relatively young team.
The Warriors’ current average age for their training camp roster is 24.5 years old, per ESPN.com.
“I don’t have to change who I am as a leader,” Curry told ESPN. “I think it’s more so just about awareness and understanding what this team needs specifically in the details to help us be successful. Incorporating D’Angelo [Russell], who is going to be great for us. Building that chemistry between myself and him in that backcourt and some of our young guys who are going to need to contribute at a very high level for us to be successful and just helping them along however I can.”
Curry said he has “always been a leader by example.” He acknowledged that he’s vocal when necessary, but the overall concept for this season is to know how the current team is different than past ones.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to ESPN on Curry’s leadership for this season, and he said Curry knows that with some veterans leaving the team has lost some of its leadership.
“He’s never going to be Draymond,” Kerr said. “He’s never going to be up, barking away. But he’s more inclined to say something now than he would have been when I first got here, for sure. And I think with this team especially — Steph’s smart, and he realizes what we’ve lost in the last couple of years from a veteran leadership standpoint. So he understands he’s got more responsibility in that regard now.”
With the Warriors heading into a new era, Curry remains as a veteran who can help keep Golden State competitive in the Western Conference for the next few years.
The Warriors have three more preseason games left, and they’re all against the Los Angeles Lakers. Golden State will play the Lakers on the road Monday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.