Most people stay away from the team to treat and focus on their injuries. He was definitely still there for the team, but especially there for me when I needed it most.
Said coach Steve Kerr of why Curry’s approach has been successful: I think it’s how hard he works combined with his humility off the floor. He’s just a decent human being; such a nice player. He’s obviously a superstar player, but he acts like he’s the 12th man. I can get on him in film sessions and he never seems to mind. He leads by example. He’s a great guy, a great teammate and the players respect him. That’s what a captain is about.
Superstar players don’t normally like to re-enter the arena bowl after games because fans will attempt to swarm them for autographs. Players often send a team security personnel out to grab a loved one to bring them back near the locker room. On this occasion, however, Curry ventured out into the bowl looking for family members.
The Cowboys don’t plan to let the breakout pass-rusher, coming off a 15-sack season, get close to the market. At worst, they will fall back on the franchise tag before hammering out the contract both sides know needs to get done.
Alex Smith is set to replace Cousins in Washington, and the rumors of the Redskins tagging and trading him won’t become reality. Consider the Vikings as Cousins’ top team, with the Broncos and Browns tied for a distant, fading second. He would be a great mental and physical fit in Minnesota.
For Durant, he doesn’t have the same impact offensively �� although he kept the Warriors above water when Curry was sidelined with an injury earlier in the season �� but he’s developed into one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He’s knocking on the door of the 50/40/90 club for the second time in his career, and he’s become the rare type of defender who can guard every position on the floor and provide the rim protection needed to function as a power forward or center in smaller lineups. (There are some holes in his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy, but Durant has become a terrifyingly versatile defender.)
Since there’s a case to be made for Curry and Durant, they’re unlikely to get the votes they need to challenge Harden at the top unless one of them takes over down the stretch. They are both having spectacular seasons, though.