Stephen Curry finished working out with a couple of Golden State Warriors teammates Thursday and plopped into a chair ready to meet with the media for the first time since re-injuring his right ankle in mid-March.
”It’s been a three-month rehab and I’m making good progress,” Curry said. ”We’re being patient with it, so that by Oct. 31 I am playing without any restrictions and no hesitation.”
Curry, who missed 41 of the team’s 67 games last season with the sprained right ankle, is working out at the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility as part of his rehab from the injury, which has bothered him the past two years.
”I have the mindset that I am getting myself ready for camp,” he said. ”I’m not concerned about the last two years. I want everything to be 100 percent clear in my mind.”
He thinks this offseason will be different because of the design of his training schedule, which began about June 1 and continues through training camp.
”I don’t think I gave it enough rest when I hurt it earlier,” Curry said. ”During the season it’s a little harder to do that. Once it felt better I went out and played full speed.”
The Warriors are gambling Curry stays healthy, letting popular guard Monta Ellis go last year in an attempt to develop depth around Curry.
”It’s an opportunity for me to be a vocal leader,” Curry said. ”I want to lead the charge as the point guard. I’ve let the rookies know we’re going to be a tight-knit group. My job is to put it all together.
The Warriors certainly missed their 2009 first-round draft pick. They were 12-14 in games Curry appeared and 11-30 without him in the lineup.
If everyone stays healthy, Curry thinks the Warriors could make the playoffs.
”We have size, we have shooting and we have a better defensive unit,” he said. ”When you add all those things up, it adds up to more wins.”