Stephen Curry is aware of all of the jokes you’ve been making about his “Chef Curry” sneakers and he doesn’t care. While promoting the launch of his third signature sneaker, the Under Armour Curry 3, the Golden State Warrior acknowledged the futility of trying to design a sneaker that nobody on the internet will make fun of. “You want to make a shoe that’s 100 percent approved by everyone but I don’t know if that’s particularly possible,” Curry said. “But, I’m proud of every shoe that I put out and that’s all I’m worried about.”
Curry has only had a signature sneaker for the past two seasons and the Under Armour brand has only been making basketball sneakers since 2010. The Curry line got its first lifestyle sneaker collection this past spring, with more styles planned ahead. “I hear the [jokes] and see them. It doesn’t bother me at all. I know what we’re up against when it comes to starting our own collection and trying to make waves with customers from all different backgrounds, walks of life and preferences and what not…” Curry said. “We want to continue to get better with every line that we come out with, so yeah that’s basically how I rationalize the jokes.”
One wrinkle in the current proposed deal, according to sources familiar with it: Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie contracts could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, up from 200 and 250 percent, to prevent teams from arranging wink-wink deals as San Antonio and Detroit did with Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond, respectively: “Hang in free agency as a cheapo cap hold, and we’ll sign everyone else first.” That extra few million matters for teams scrounging max cap space. As of now, cap holds attached to players with more experience would stay the same, per league sources. That could change, of course. But the status quo would be huge for Golden State, which is counting on Stephen Curry’s under-market cap hold — $18 million, way below his $30-million-plus max salary — to fit Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.
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LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers have to be respected. But to add one of the top three players in the league to a team that blew a 3-1 NBA Finals lead with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and two other All-Stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, not to mention 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, is gluttonous. A championship trophy should be expected. Immense pressure is warranted. Just hours before the Warriors’ season opener, one NBA scout strongly stated his adoration for Durant’s new club. “It’s a f—— joke,” the NBA scout said.
“The Warriors are too damn good. I saw them play four times. They are unbeatable. I saw one preseason game when Klay was off and KD and Steph just easily took over the slack. They’re just too good offensively. One of the best offensive teams we will ever see,” he said. Better than Magic Johnson and the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers? “Yes, better than ‘Showtime,’ ” the scout said. “They have more shooters than that Lakers team did.”