Steph Curry: NBA All-Star Game challenge winner ‘thinks about retirement all the time’

NBA basketball player Steph Curry

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry has said he thinks about stopping his 15-year senior career in the sport “all the time”.

Golden State Warriors point guard Curry was part of an Eastern Conference team who lost 211-186 to the Western Conference in a record high-points All-Star Game.

On his 10th appearance in the showpiece, Curry came off the bench for the first time to score 16 points on a night when his involvement might be better remembered for a challenge he took part in with WNBA player Sabrina Ionescu.

In a gripping three-point shootout played over one round, Curry found form at the last to beat his New York Liberty opponent 29-26.

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The 35-year-old was then asked about retirement after LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, took part in a record 20th All-Star Game at the age of 39.

“I think about it all the time but the thoughts stop because you’ve got to get ready for the next game with the routine and cycle,” said Curry.

“You embrace the now and, eventually, you’ll get to a point where you wake up and whatever your body’s telling you, whatever your mind’s telling you, it’s time. I don’t think I’m anywhere close to that.

“You’re still passionate and inspired to win more championships. Individual accolades come from that mission. When you win, good things happen. When you win, everyone gets to shine.

“When you win, it’s fun – but winning is hard so, if you embrace that challenge and don’t worry about anything else, then good things will come to you.

“There’s a lot of patience that goes in to it, no matter where you’re starting from. But it’s an amazing journey and I’m thankful to still be on it.”

Steph Curry: Barcelona inspire NBA

Curry also said the Warriors had been inspired by Barcelona FC’s use of the Tiki-taka style of movement and passing, which the likes of former Barca manager and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola specialise in coaching.

“It’s a great visual for us to see,” said Curry. “It’s a great comparison of body movement, ball movement between the two sports. It’s all about just flow, rhythm and chemistry.”

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