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Stephen Curry excited about Warriors’ championship potential, recharged as Steve Kerr makes good impression

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.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry takes Bob Myers’ words to heart about ‘not playing hero ball’

PEBBLE BEACH – Warriors guard Stephen Curry dined with general manager Bob Myers earlier this month and got some direction as to how he can improve.

Myers discussed how Curry as the point guard could get his teammates going when they’re struggling rather than try to dominate a game himself. Curry heard the message loud and clear.

“Bob made a good point just saying, ‘Try to continue to get better at finding ways to make our offense flow and not playing hero ball and making sure that we get the guys involved as much as possible,’” Curry said Saturday at Stevenson School.

“And that makes (us) a more consistent basketball team in trying to go through those down periods throughout the course of a season – even in the playoffs – that you need to get through. And as a point guard, I’ve got to take that as a responsibility, so a lot of film study and just communication with now Coach (Steve) Kerr about how he sees my role.”

Curry in his fifth NBA season led the league with 261 3-pointers while averaging a career-high 24 points per game. But what was also a career high were his 3.8 turnovers per game.

Curry, who vacationed in Scotland before attending his basketball camp, said he had “a pretty diligent plan” on his offseason strength work and on the mental side.

Curry also continues to work on his shooting, usually going for 300 makes per day, he said.

“For me I’ve been looking always (to) get better,” Curry said. “Even now, I feel like I can continue to get better at shooting the basketball. Nobody makes 100 percent of their shots, so until that happens, you can always get better and finding different ways to expand that skill set, whether it’s shooting off the dribble or moving without the ball or catch and shoot. Just working on your stand-still spot shots. There’s always something that you can do to get better, putting up as many reps until your arms get tired and then at that point shooting a little more.”

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Stephen Curry: Warriors ‘an enticing place to play’ for free agents such as LeBron James

PEBBLE BEACH – The Warriors’ Stephen Curry might not necessarily want to see Klay Thompson and David Lee traded for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, but the star guard sees the team being involved in talk of adding a Love or LeBron James as a sign of progress.

“For me, I think it’s just the testament to just where our organization is,” Curry said Saturday at his basketball camp at Stevenson School. “We’re an enticing place to play, and I think free agents understand that and people around the league understand that we are about winning.

“We have a great fan base, the best fan base in the world. Oracle Arena is a great place to play, and we’re on the rise as an organization. So for us to be in the conversations with a Kevin Love or a LeBron or whoever, I mean that’s something we probably were shoved to the side on those kind of conversations. That’s a good feeling knowing that we’ve done a lot and have a lot more to do.”

Curry said he would let the situation with James play out rather than place a recruiting call to the two-time MVP who informed Miami on Monday he would opt out of his contract.

General manager Bob Myers has declined to comment on James while saying the Warriors were focused on adding players via free agency when they become available beginning the evening of June 30.

“I don’t think four years ago if LeBron was a free agent anybody would ask him, ‘What about the Warriors?’” Curry said. “So it’s kind of funny.”

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North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo to join Warriors’ summer league team

North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo, one of the top prospects to go undrafted, has agreed to play for the Warriors’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, his agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed Friday.

The 6-foot-9 McAdoo left North Carolina for the draft after averaging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in his junior season. He previously played with current Warriors forward Harrison Barnes while with the Tar Heels.

A McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, McAdoo was projected as a lottery pick after his freshman season at North Carolina and chose to stay in school two more years.

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Warriors summer league team comes together, gets commitment from Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson will play for the Warriors’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, the free agent guard’s brother, Jamell Damon, confirmed Friday.

Johnson, 25, played in his second season for Indiana being waived in February and playing for Sacramento on two 10-day contracts. The Seaside native has averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in his career.

Among the undrafted rookies who will play for the Warriors are Ohio State guard Aaron Craft and Oakland guard Travis Bader, who both will both will first play for Philadelphia’s NBA Summer League team in Orlando.

Craft, a two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year, will join the Warriors’ and 76ers’ teams, according to agent, Lance Young. Bader is the NCAA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and took part in a Warriors pre-draft workout last week.

“Looking forward to playing summer league with the @Sixers & @warriors time to take advantage of great opportunities #determined4greatness,” Bader tweeted.

Bradley guard Walt Lemon Jr. and Saint Louis forward Rob Loe will play for the Warriors, their respective agents tweeted. So will Delaware guard Davon Usher, who posted the news on Instagram.

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Kiwi Gardner, an Oakland native, is also expected to join the team.

Former Iowa State guard Tyrus McGee, who played in Spain this past season, is also joining the team, according to the Ames Tribune.

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Channing Frye being recruited to Golden State Warriors by ex-college teammate Andre Iguodala

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is recruiting former University of Arizona teammate Channing Frye to Golden State, where the free agent-to-be could fit in as a jump-shooting big man.

Frye, 31, shot 37 percent from 3-point range in what could be his final season for the Phoenix Suns after he declined a $6.8 million option, opting out of the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract.

“I’ve talked to Channing a few times,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I told him how great the Bay was. I told him how his family would enjoy it. I know his family well. My family knows his family, so it wouldn’t be strangers. I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him.

“I like to pass a lot. I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he’ll be able to shoot the rock.”

The Warriors could use Frye if they cannot complete a trade for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, who would fulfill new coach Steve Kerr’s desire for a forward whose range extends to the 3-point line.

It was Kerr while as Phoenix’s general manager who in 2009 brought Frye back to his hometown to fit in with coach Alvin Gentry’s fast-paced, high-scoring offense. Gentry as of last week was finalizing a contract with the Warriors last week to become the associate head coach under Kerr.

Phoenix could still re-sign Frye given his ties to the state, but the Warriors have connections, too. Iguodala and Frye played together at Arizona from 2002-04 and now share the same agent, Rob Pelinka.

Frye averaged 9.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range over eight NBA seasons, missing the 2012-13 campaign while undergoing treatment for an enlarged heart. This past season, came back to average 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while winning the NBA’s Pacific Division sportsmanship award.