PEBBLE BEACH — Warriors guard Stephen Curry has had time this offseason to get away to reflect, swing golf clubs and process a coaching change he didn’t want to happen.
Curry said Saturday at his overnight basketball camp, where he stayed nearby at co-owner Joe Lacob’s house, that he is recharged and excited about next season.
“I’m able now to look forward to the upcoming year and what our team’s going to look like and our coaching staff as that becomes more concrete and understand what we have in the task in front of us,” Curry said.
Curry, who had publicly supported Mark Jackson before his firing, met with new Kerr and heard about the vision for an offense that will “obviously be a new system.”
“He has a plan,” Curry said. “Like I said, he’s done his homework. He knows what he wants as a coach. And he studied on the Spurs. He studied on the triangle offense and how to get different sets going, so I’m sure we’ll have kind of a hybrid of all those and lot of pick-and-roll and uptempo.
“We have weapons. That’s the thing is any system he really wants to implement, we have I think weapons to make it happen.”
Kerr has gone out of his way to meet the Warriors’ players, even flying to Australia to get together with Andrew Bogut in the big man’s native country.
“I think the fact that he’s taken time to reach out to every single player and understand how important it is to get that connection coming into next season, get off on the right foot and for each player to know what he expects of them when it comes to roles and expectations on the court, I think it’s good,” Curry said. “And he’s definitely been diligent in that process — from the time he signed on as coach to now – of you’re not just having that title but actually going out and doing things he needs to do to be ready.”
Curry said he had spoken with most of his teammates in the offseason and found them to be energized for the coming season as well.
“We’re all excited about taking advantage of the window we have as a team,” Curry said. “Coaches change, but when you have a unit and a core that’s going to be sticking together, it’s our job to take advantage of it regardless of the situation, so that’s kind of our motivation. We’ve tasted a little bit of success in the playoffs the last two years, and we want more.
“We have our eyes set on a championship, and the lessons we learned this year we’re going to put to the test next year…I’m very excited to get back to war with my teammates and see what we can do.”