Stephen Curry Joins Santa Cruz Warriors For Special NBA G League Rehab Assignment

By Keith Schlosser | March 2, 2020

On Monday, it was raining in Surf City thanks to the special arrival of a ‘Splash Brother.’

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry demonstrated some of his familiar shooting stroke, this time while donning “Santa Cruz” across his shooting shirt while on a very unique NBA G League assignment. A three-time NBA champion, Curry is yet to appear in a game this season as he rehabs his way back from a broken left hand injury. Joining the Santa Cruz Warriors for practice is just the latest step in quite a lengthy process, but he appears as close as ever following another chance to hit the hardwood.

Of course, such an adventure shouldn’t be entirely foreign to Curry with plenty of familiar faces around. Santa Cruz is in relatively close proximity to where Golden State calls home, and he suited up in practice gear alongside the likes of NBA teammate (and current assignee) Alen Smailagić and Jeremy Pargo, who spent time with Golden State as part of an NBA Call-Up just weeks ago. It’s also worth noting that plenty of the minor league affiliate’s personnel are in close contact with and/or are part of the big league club’s staff and operations over the course of the basketball season. Santa Cruz is a second home to all members of the Warriors family, and on Monday Curry proved to be no different.

It’s a luxury to have an accessible facility so close and able staffers who are familiar with how the NBA team operates so that they can further facilitate a player like Curry’s rehab. He’s just the latest example of notable NBA talents utilizing the NBA G League in such fashion. Just last season, DeMarcus Cousins also had a quick stint in Santa Cruz before making his way back to the court and eventually representing Golden State in the NBA Finals.

For what it’s worth, Curry’s appearance wasn’t entirely self serving, either. Any time a player of his caliber joins an NBA G League squad (for however long or brief the stint may be), it’s also a chance for minor league athletes to pick their brains and soak up all the knowledge they possibly can as they aspire to reach the next level.

**Photo Credit: Kevin Danna (@kevo408)**

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