OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry called his shot long before he stepped foot on the Oracle Arena floor Thursday night. Prior to a deflating 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, one that Curry exited early because of a left adductor strain, he spent some of his post-practice time Wednesday afternoon discussing the state of the new-look Bucks -- the team that has earned the attention of the league throughout the first few weeks of the season.
"I think [their situation] is very similar to four years ago here," Curry explained. "A change of scenery sometimes helps. You get a little boost of energy, a little shift in focus and perspective, and that little difference can unlock something. It's still early. They're taking care of business like they should. It's important when you have that much potential to get off to a good start, but the season will shape out as it's supposed to."
Curry, the two-time NBA MVP, knows from experience just how much a coaching change and some roster tweaking can do for a young team on the rise. Four years ago Steve Kerr was tapped to replace Mark Jackson as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, reconstructing what would become one of the league's most prolific offenses in the process.
This summer, the Bucks tapped Mike Budenholzer to replace interim head coach Joe Prunty, who took over for Jason Kidd midway through last season. Budenholzer, like Kerr, was brought in to make the Bucks offense get up and go to a different beat than Prunty or Kidd could make them move....[continued]
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