Seth Curry earned his second start today on Easter Sunday and took advantage. He finished the game with 14 points on 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and we also saw that players on the Kings really pay attention to George Karl’s comments.
Kayte Christensen’s post game interview with Curry today will be remembered because of what DeMarcus Cousins said when video bombing the interview.
Boogie Cousins has some postgame words of encouragement for Seth Curry https://t.co/aCZldU8eKt
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) March 28, 2016
It’s pretty clear that Cousins was indirectly attacking Karl’s post game comments from Friday night on Curry playing in the NBA for a couple years.
“He’s going to be around for a couple years,” Karl said. “He’s definitely going to have a few more years. He has tenacity to him, good basketball feel to him. Now, he just has to be confident and consistent. That’s a process; you got to get minutes to do that.”
We have seen solid play from Curry when he gets a chance, which raises the question of Karl’s negligence of not playing Curry consistently. Especially when he claimed Curry being the best on-ball defender on the team a couple months ago.
So much can be said about this specific situation but it’s one of many we have experienced from Karl’s coaching this season. One thing is clear, the players have stuck together.
“It means a lot, I mean to have your teammates next to you in the locker room that believe in you even when other people don’t, it means a lot,” Curry told Christensen.
We have seen great basketball the last two games and even though it was against inferior competition, it’s difficult not to ask where this effort was all season long.
Curry has a player option next season with the Kings, but there are no guarantees that he will choose to exercise it. He can easily opt out and earn a bigger contract since 3-point shooting in the NBA is a golden skill set.
On top of that, Curry has shown flashes of being a solid defender. He can handle the ball and has that “curry swagger,” which only helps his cause of getting a better contract.
“Hopefully I can just build off this game and get better and try and get a consistent rhythm towards the end of the season,” Curry said after the Suns victory.
Teams around the NBA know Curry was put in a tough situation all year long in Sacramento, and you better believe there will be lots of interest in his services if he decides to become a free agent.
The only way I see Curry opting in is if he believes the Kings’ next head coach will give him a fair shot at competing for consistent minutes. We know Curry likes it in Sacramento. Now it’s all about who will take over next season because it’s very clear Karl will not return next season as the head coach.