Steph Curry talks rest and recovery plans for season with The Athletic

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has won two MVPs, and during both seasons he won the award, he averaged at least 23.0 points per game. So, with that, Curry’s ability to lead an offense isn’t up for debate.

Now, though, as Curry heads into a season where his fellow splash brother Klay Thompson will be out (left ACL) at least until the All-Star break, he will be the Warriors’ undisputed No. 1 option. And with that, comes potentially having to play a good deal of minutes. With Curry possibly playing more minutes, there will need to be an emphasis on his recovery.

In a story with The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, Curry spoke about his recovery plans for the season. The Warriors’ new Chase Center will reportedly have sleep pods put in during November. The sleep pods are something Curry is looking forward to.

“The sleep pods,” Curry said this week. “That’s what I’m excited about.”

Getting optimal sleep is important for anyone, as it allows people to regularly function at a good level. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes recently wrote a piece on how sleep deprivation is affecting NBA players.

Along with the sleep pods, Curry also talked about NormaTec sleeves, which help carry fluids out of the body after working out, per Thompson. The sleeves are meant to help create a faster recovery, and they will reportedly be in the Chase Center’s recovery room.

As Curry prepares for his 11th season, he’ll likely have his highest usage since the 2015-16 season, the season he won the MVP by unanimous decision. That year was arguably his best, as he averaged a career-high 30.1 points per game on 50.4% shooting from the field and 45.4% shooting from three.

A season like that isn’t likely to happen again for Curry — or by anyone, really. But Curry will still have a sizable workload for the 2019-20 season.

“He’s going to have a large offensive burden all year,” Kerr said, per Thompson. “Just the nature of the roster and what we’ve lost from a scoring standpoint and a playmaking standpoint. We know he’s not going to play like this every night, so we really have to work to develop our identity and our efficiency and keep working with our young guys.”

The Warriors will play their final preseason game Friday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. Golden State will start its regular season next Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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