Southwest Notes: Curry, Pelicans, Harden, Mavericks

Despite having multiple opportunities to join the Warriors and play with his brother to this point, Mavericks guard Seth Curry has decided he’d rather compete against Stephen Curry and has turned down those chances, as he explained on Uninterrupted’s “Go Off” with Austin Rivers.

“I thought about it,” Curry said, as relayed by “Earlier in my career, I had some opportunities to play on the Warriors and go there and, obviously, take on a much lesser role having teams stacked the way they’ve had them the last few years… I always turned him down, I never really wanted to play on the team, I wanted to play against him. I’m going to be compared to him in some way, in his shadow whether I’m on the team or not so it’s going to multiply if I were on the same team. I’d like to create my own path and doing my own thing…

“He wants me to stay on my path and do my thing. He knows the kind of pressure I get under when compared against him, playing against him and being on the same team. He knows what it will be like so he’s kind of pushed me the opposite direction of going my own separate way.”

Curry, 29, is coming off an impressive season with Dallas, averaging 12.6 points in 24.5 minutes per game. He shot 50% from the floor and 45% from deep, raising those marks from the previous season.

Curry also discussed what it’s like to play with Luka Doncic, his thoughts on the NBA returning to play and more in the video.

Here are some other notes from the Southwest Division:

  • William Guillory and Danny Leroux of The Athletic examine the futures of Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday, with Favors on track to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and Holiday set to turn 30 next month. Despite Favors entering free agency, the Pelicans‘ top priority is still re-signing Brandon Ingram in restricted free agency.
  • Kelly Iko of The Athletic explores James Harden‘s boot camp, detailing how the Rockets star has stayed in shape throughout the NBA’s hiatus. “I’ve been doing a lot of cardio,” Harden said. “I’ve got treadmills in my houses, weights, and all that good stuff. It really hasn’t affected me like it’s affected a lot of other players.”
  • Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is making sure his players stay ready ahead of the NBA’s decision on whether to resume, as The Athletic’s David Aldridge writes. Dallas has yet to open its practice facility, with Mavericks players relying on virtual instructions, at-home workouts, yoga sessions and more since the league went on hiatus. “I don’t have any doubt that the players are very motivated to play, but (they’re) also, very smart guys, and they understand, I think, that we’re in a very serious part of our history, and things need to be handled the right way,” Carlisle said.
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12 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Curry, Pelicans, Harden, Mavericks

  1. Dlb731

    I’m starting to thing this site is nothing but a promotion for the Athletic, where you have to pay to read an article….

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Seth wants nothing to do with winning or playing with his all time great brother. He’s probably jealous

    • Redmobb7

      He just told u he wanted to have his own path and story lol.. plus the $$$ is a lot better elsewhere ..

    • El Don

      Dude there is much much more to life than just winning! Me too I’d rather be a bigger part in a lesser team, than winning a ring hardly playing at all.
      Winning & $$$ ain’t everything to everybody!!!

    • He took the correct path. He is getting paid a lot more and is playing more minutes. Would you rather sit on the bench and watch your older brother or make you own path. He choose the right path.

      • He’s been a great player for the Mavericks and I’m glad he has decided to stay here.

  3. mlbnyyfan

    If you hear from Ewing, Barkley, Malone, etc they all wished they won a Ring.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Lonzo should be the future in NO. Holiday should be moved. Most or all playoff teams are set at PG. Except Sixers. Simmons is best of the ball. A scoring PG like Jrue. Is exactly what they need. Both can share running offense. I think Holiday will be moved. And Sixers should be first in line.

    • x%sure

      Pels could use Jrue too, and with a full season from Zion, are about the same level as the Sixers. It’s hard to trade a star.

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