Stephen Curry’s Trainer Says Warriors Star Has ‘A Lot Left’ in NBA Career | Bleacher Report

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball up the court against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Stephen Curry has officially logged more than a decade in the NBA, and those close to him see the three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP continuing his masterful run for quite a bit longer.

While Curry has previously said he wants to pay at least 16 seasons—the same length as his father Dell Curry spent in the league—his trainer, Brandon Payne, believes that may be setting the bar too low. During an interview with NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh on The Habershow podcast last week, Payne said Curry’s body hasn’t reached its peak yet.

“He’s a young 32,” Payne said (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller) “He’s still gaining strength, he’s still gaining power, he’s still getting faster. Those aren’t things you see out of guys that are 32 years old. He’s still refining movement patterns, and all athletes develop at different speeds.”

Payne noted Curry has “got a lot left” and that he wasn’t just saying that because he’s his friend and trainer.

Even if there were a concern about years of high-level basketball stressing Curry’s body, he only played five games this season because of hand injury in October.

During Curry’s previous full season, the guard posted 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. The Warriors are hoping a healthy Curry and Klay Thompson can help extend their title window a bit longer. Payne has given no reason to doubt that assessment.

“If you saw him right now physically—and we don’t put a whole lot out there on Instagram, there are reasons we don’t—he’s getting


Jonathon Simmons looks to resuscitate NBA career with Warriors

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Jonathon Simmons was an unemployed 23-year-old struggling to provide for his three daughters when his mother suggested he quit basketball.

It was spring 2013, and Simmons’ debut season with the semiprofessional Sugar Land Legends had just been cut short because the American Basketball League could no longer pay players and coaches. LaTonya Simmons, who worked decades at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport to feed and clothe her four kids, called Jonathon — her oldest — one night and encouraged him to pursue a career as a barber.

He was already cutting friends’ hair on occasion, and an extensive social circle in the area figured to help him build his client base. But before LaTonya could finish her pitch, Jonathon, irate that his mom would advise him to give up on his goals, hung up on her.

From time to time during his recent four-year stint in the NBA, Jonathon mentioned that conversation to LaTonya and told her, “You should’ve known I was never going to become a barber.” His perseverance has long been his trademark, which is why he again didn’t consider career alternatives when the Wizards waived him 14 months ago.

One of five G League players in minicamp with the Warriors, Simmons, 31, is intent on showing Golden State’s front office that he is still the same defensive-minded wing who was once a key member of winning San Antonio teams. His chances of making the Warriors’ 15-man roster are slim, but he understands as well as anyone how to overcome long odds.

Before his breakthrough with the Spurs five years ago, Simmons barely graduated high school, spent three years in junior college and toiled in minor leagues for two-plus seasons. Along the way, he learned that a couple of missed shots can be the difference between a multimillion-dollar NBA