Stephen Curry draws parallels between Golden State Warriors, young Memphis Grizzlies

SAN FRANCISCO – As Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry Taking his place on the podium, he was asked to travel to Memphis for the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals as an older team, facing the young rising team. Before the entire question could be asked, Curryintervened.

“I’m still a child at heart,” he said. “The spirit of youth.”

Sure, Curry can still pass for the baby-faced assassin, but the truth is this: the Warriors are the old team — or the veteran team if you will. They are an experienced team. The team that – despite some young players who have never experienced the playoffs before this season – has a core that has gone around the block.

1 Related

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, never did. This is a team reminiscent of warriors as they began the ascent of their dynastic era.

“In terms of having the young core and trying to take the next step, win a playoff … we were right in that window,” Curry said. “We had some success, but we didn’t quite do the job.”

Directed by Oui Morant and supported by Desmond Fléau, Jaren Jackson Jr… Brandon Clarkles Grizzlies are the second-youngest team in the league this season, with an average age of 24. Their oldest players are Steven Adams and Kyle Anderson — both 28 years old.

The way they built their young roster also reminds the Warriors of their group that faced San Antonio in the second round of the playoffs in 2013 and the LA Clippers in the first round in 2014 before winning the 2014-15 title.

In the seasons leading up to the Warriors’ dynastic run, the Warriors were led by a 25-year-old Curry and a 23-year-old Curry. Thompson Clay and other Draymond Green.

Two years ago, the Grizzlies were just another NBA team, finishing ninth in the Western Conference before COVID-19 suspended the season. Last season, they were the eighth seed and edged out the Warriors in the playoff game before falling to the Utah Jazz in five games. This season, they finished with the second-best record in the league.

“They’ve built a foundation over the last few years through player development, through very smart selection, through investments, and they’re well trained,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

“If you were careful, you could see what was going on through their player’s development. Yes, it was immediately great, but it improved a lot. The most improved player this year. You have guys like [Dillon] Brooks and [Brandon] Clarke who are young players who grew up by leaps and bounds. I admire what Memphis has done, organizationally.”

The last time Golden State faced Memphis in a playoff series was also the Western Conference semifinals. But that was in 2015. The Grizzlies were the oldest and most established team, led by Mike Conley and Marc Gassol.

But that series was a turning point for the Warriors, who won the title that season. As they head into the series against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago, the Warriors see pieces of themselves in the Grizzlies. But, they want to make sure they don’t allow Memphis to have the same claim they made when they beat them on their way to a championship.

“Throughout those three years, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves,” Curry said, reflecting on the years leading up to their title race. “And I’m sure that’s what they’re experiencing. We don’t want them to learn too much, though.”