It’s hard to forget that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals (because we won’t ever, ever let them forget), especially if you’re, you know, Stephen Curry. Curry had suffered a knee injury he acquired during the first round of the playoffs, but he obviously didn’t admit that it had been bothering him during the finals.
Curry’s trainer, Brandon Payne opened up about how the Golden State golden boy was seriously affected by this injury (by way of USA Today‘s Sam Amick) :
“As bad as I wanted it to be him (in the Finals), it wasn’t him,” said [Brandon] Payne, who has worked with Curry since 2011 and spent much of the late summer leading two-a-day workouts with Curry six times a week while living in the Bay Area. “We don’t like to make excuses, and we’re not going to make excuses because all that matters is what happens in the 48 minutes when you’re on the floor. (But) I wish it was the other version of him, the version that we saw for 82 games.”
It’s known that Curry has been spending much of this offseason resting his hurt knee in preparation for the 2016-17 so he can return to the court at full force.