Midway through that final quarter, Curry surpassed Thurmond’s total of 30,729 minutes over 11 seasons with Golden State. He now has played 30,735 minutes for the Warriors since being drafted in 2009.
“I don’t know if anyone at his position, at his size, has played as effectively as Steph has at this age,” coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “I’m sure there are some names. I watched Steve Nash play at a high level into his late 30s. It feels like what Steph is doing is just at a different level. He feels better than he has ever looked before.”
It’s inspiring to watch Curry’s longevity up close, third-year guard Moses Moody said.
“You know how they say never meet your idol? He’s the opposite of that,” Moody said. “He’s a role model and kind of shows what’s possible and what it takes to be on top. You work to become the king of the hill, but once you become the king of the hill, a lot of rest. That’s when somebody else takes over the thrown. Well, he’s somebody that’s on top that’s the king of the hill and works harder than he did when he first got here.”
Kerr took Curry out a bit early in the third quarter after a turnover from the two-time MVP and sent him back out to start the fourth with a chance to extend an 11-point lead.