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Curry 'OK' in Summer League Debut

Jul 10, 2009 – 7:23 PM
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Matt Steinmetz

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LAS VEGAS -- Stephen Curry gave himself a "C."

He had 16 points -- on 4-of-14 shooting -- three assists and a rebound in his Warriors' debut on Friday afternoon in the NBA Summer League, which ended up being a 73-69 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Curry showed all the things he supposedly had a knack for coming out of Davidson: an ability to play the pick-and-roll, a craftiness around the bucket and a passing mentality.

On the negative side of the ledger, Curry had four turnovers and seven fouls (players are allowed 10 in Summer League), but that was hardly any concern for assistant coach Keith Smart. What was apparent during Friday's game is that the Warriors are going to put the ball in Curry's hands plenty, and he better figure out some responsibility goes with that.

"He did OK," Smart said. "He's such a team player that he gives it up and then tries to get it back, which is natural for him. We want him to be more aggressive personality-wise -- get the ball in his hands and make plays. ... We have a couple of guys on our team who have strong personalities and he's going to need to be the one making the plays."

Curry, considered perhaps the best pure shooter in the draft, went 3-for-8 from 3-point range and admitted he felt the difference between the college line and NBA line.

"A little bit," Curry acknowledged. "When you're bringing the ball up and you try to stop and pop, it's different. I missed two or three of those today. But catching and shooting isn't anything different because I don't toe up on the college line anyway.

"But knowing where to stop in transition and pull up and then how to get to the rim from there, I'm still learning how to get that to work."

And the seven fouls ...

"I was in some tough situations, trying to read the refs and how they're calling games," Curry said. "It's different than college. I expected to have some kind of trouble with that early, knowing when I can put my hands on a guy and when not to. It's a learning curve. I'll be fine."
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