Idea that Warriors ‘have failed’ Curry is preposterous

Man, the Warriors have nine games left in their season, and anything could happen. They could miss playoffs entirely, make the play-in games, make playoffs … get eliminated in first round, make a run or hell, maybe win back-to-back titles for the second time in this dynasty.

Anyway, going to start writing more about the Warriors as their games get more and more important, and here’s one we talked about on my radio show today: The idea that the Warriors have “failed” Stephen Curry this season. The famous Bill Simmons said that the other day, and it’s clear there’s a portion of Warriors fans who agree with him.

I think that notion is preposterous. How did the Warriors fail Curry? They “ran it back” because owner Joe Lacob and president Bob Myers owed it to Curry and the championship core to try to win it again.

The Warriors won it all last year, and almost nobody saw it coming. So what did the Warriors do in the offseason? How about everything they could to give the Warriors the best chance to go back-to-back. For Stephen Curry!

Thompson and Green were already under contract. But the Warriors made sure that Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney were back this season. The Warriors paid them all — meaning the Warriors’ brought back their top-6 players from their championship team. Hell, they brought back Andre Iguodala, so how the hell did they “fail” Curry? Curry might be the only reason Iguodala was even on the team this year.

They didn’t bring back Gary Payton II, which may have been a mistake. But they re-acquired Payton II at the trade deadline for James Wiseman, a player with a big upside but not yet ready to help a championship-type team. Jonathan Kuminga is back and he played a limited role last year.

So you’re telling me that not having Otto Porter Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson, Nemanja Bjelica and Damion Lee — instead of having JaMychal Green, Donte DiVincenzo and Anthony Lamb — is not giving Curry enough to work with? Please.


About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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