Warriors superstar should not return

Bailee Lewis, Staff writer

When you think of Stephen Curry, you probably think of him as a three-time National Basketball Association champion or two-time back to back Most Valuable Player, or even six-time NBA All-star. Curry is number three on the all time three-points made list. 

It’s no surprise Curry has been leading the Golden State Warriors to a five-time appearance in the NBA finals, but the start of the 2019-2020 season everyone knew his job would be much harder. 

With the injury of his right hand man, Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL on the left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals, and the departure of Kevin Durant who signed a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets, all of the pressure offensively would be on Curry. 

Just three games after the start of the 2019-2020 season, October 30, 2019, Curry suffered a left broken hand injury after Phoenix Suns center, Aron Baynes, fell on his hand. He was required to have surgery and be out for at least three months. 

With two of their star players being out, the Warriors went from being at the top of the Western conference, to rock bottom. The Warriors sit at number 15 with a record of 14-48. It is now the second half of the season and there are 20 games left before the season is over. With how low the Warriors are ranked, there is no way they qualify for playoffs.

Before the All-star break the Warriors management had told the media to look for a return from Curry sometime in March. The time has come where dates are being thrown around speculating his return. All we know is that he’s returning this season and it’s going to be soon. 

Some people are excited for his return this season while others like me, aren’t so excited. I grew up watching the Golden State Warriors and liking them as a basketball team so I know it might sound confusing on why I don’t want him to return this season. If you look at the standings and the Warriors schedule, there is absolutely no time for the Warriors to make playoffs this season. 

Even if they were to win every single game, they are just too far down in the standings to qualify this season.  

Curry making a return this season would be a huge risk for the team. If he were to get re-injured, he would be out for a longer period of time next season. The team should focus on rebuilding the team with the younger players and let Curry rest up for next season where they are more likely to have a better chance of making playoffs, especially with the new additions to the team. 

Getting Curry and Thompson back, alongside getting good draft picks, the Warriors will be back to their winning ways. The 2019-2020 season was about rebuilding the team and the 2020-2021 season will be about re-grouping the team and setting their eyes back on bringing another championship to the Bay area.