Steph reflects on turning 35, being labeled a ‘late bloomer'

  • Programming note: Steph Curry's "Dubs Talk" interview with Kerith Burke and Monte Poole debuts Wednesday on NBC Sports Bay Area following "Dubs Talk Live."

Steph Curry officially is in his mid-30s, though it doesn't seem like it with the way he has played during the 2022-23 NBA season.

Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke and Monte Poole on the latest episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast, Curry explained that he feels "great" and is introspective about his time in the NBA.

"I feel like it's a great time to kind of reflect on a lot of different things, obviously, be appreciative and show some gratitude for all the things I've done in my life, people I've been able to experience it with, the fact that I still feel really good, physically and mentally, 14 years in and turning 35, hitting the official mid-30s," Curry told Burke and Poole.

"So it's a good moment to reflect again on all that I still want to accomplish while the ball is going to continue to bounce, and stay kind of locked in on that."

Curry also shared that he has accepted how his NBA journey turned out and is eager for what comes next. 

"But I feel very at peace with everything that you put into it and everything that I've experienced along the way, so hopefully, there's a lot more to come," Curry continued. 

When Curry was picked No. 7 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, no one could have foreseen that the sharpshooting guard from Davidson would become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. 

And after overcoming early ankle injuries that threatened to derail his career from fully taking off, Curry made the most of his opportunity.

Since making his first All-Star Game in 2014 at 25, Curry has been a two-time league MVP, a four-time NBA champion, NBA Finals MVP and the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made to go along with many, many other accolades.

In some ways, the Warriors star could be considered a late bloomer -- though Curry says that is "the trend" of his life. Curry also highlighted how advancements in player health and discipline have contributed to how he has remained effective all these years later.

"I never thought I'd feel this good at this age, knowing how many games we played, how many playoff runs we've had, championships we've chased and all of that," Curry said. "So I don't think I'm psyching myself out to think that, maybe not the best is yet to come, but extending the prime longer than I probably thought when I was coming into it."

As it stands, Curry is averaging the third-most points per game in his career this season at 29.7. He also is near his career-high 50.4 field-goal percentage at 49.7 this season, and his 6.3 rebounds per game is the best of his career. 

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As the Warriors continue to play themselves into form as championship contenders, Curry undoubtedly will be the engine that pushes Golden State, regardless of his age. 

And Curry, potentially like wine, continues to age gracefully and, in some cases, get even better as time goes on. 

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