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Stephen Curry on Warriors not trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love: ‘I think they made the right choice’

Warriors guard Stephen Curry believes that the team’s front office officials were right not to trade Klay Thompson to Minnesota for Kevin Love, who is reportedly being dealt to Cleveland instead.

“Obviously Kevin Love’s a great player and they were making the decision whether that would make us a better team to let him go, bring Kevin on, and I think they made the right choice that me and him in the backcourt and core that we have, we’ve got a legit shot at winning the championship next year, and I’m ready to take that on,” Curry told WFAN on Tuesday. “I think all those rumors are gone now, and we’ll get back to business.”

Curry told The Dan Patrick Show he was asked his opinion by the Warriors’ management. Asked if he would have done the trade, he said, “I don’t think you can give up Klay to make that happen.”

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Curry also discussed other topics in the wide-ranging interview on WFAN with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton.

On struggling with the aftermath of the Paul George injury: “I actually thought for a couple days afterwards why we’re playing USA Basketball and the risk you take. When you come down to it, it’s a great opportunity to represent your country. Any time you play basketball, you’re at risk of getting hurt, and it’s an opportunity for us to get better, play against the best in the world, and I want to take advantage of the opportunity while I have it.”

On stanchions: “I’ve actually done so much more research on that part of the game afterwards. I had no idea what the restrictions were.”

On former coach Mark Jackson preaching on the street: “That’s Coach for you. He’s passionate…The way he talks in the locker room, there’s a lot of overlap between messages he’ll preach on a Sunday and how he’ll transfer that to a basketball message, so that’s not a surprise to us.”

On when he knew he reached 50 points in a 54-point performance in 2013 against the Knicks: “Actually my teammate, Harrison Barnes. I guess when a pitcher’s throwing a no-hitter, you don’t talk to him or whatever. They leave him alone in the dugout. Harrison didn’t know that rule, so he came up during a timeout and told me, ‘Hey, go for 60.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what do you mean?’  He’s like, ‘You’ve got 52 right now.’” I was like, ‘Oh, oh alright, let’s do it.’”

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