Washington (AFP) – NBA's two-time most valuable player, Stephen Curry, will enjoy showing another championship banner to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 2018-19 NBA campaign against Oklahoma City.
"I'm still shining," Curry said. "The glow will not diminish until you're vanquished."
The Warriors boast three other All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant, defensive star Draymond Green and Curry's partner Klay Thompson, one-fifth in the injured center DeMarcus Cousins, signed in July, but after surgery for the left Achilles tendon January still paused.
If cousins are on his return to the lineup, that could be some momentum for the Golden State season, leading to repetitive supremacy to complacency.
"I'm most proud of that with our team," said Curry. "We are talented and all that, but the work involved, the mental approach to turning the page, was there the last three years."
"They work so hard to earn the right to themselves to be proud of yourself at the end of the summer. "
-" Can not just go to bed "-
Golden State will be trying to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-2002 to win three consecutive NBA titles and To join the 1950s Minneapolis Lakers and 1960s Boston Celtics as the only clubs to win four titles in five years.
The Celtics dynasty, with eight consecutive titles and nine in all of 1957-1966, is the only NBA Team to reach five consecutive NBA Finals – a performance that the Warriors can achieve this season.
The Houston Rockets, who have brought the Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference last season, and the Boston Celtics bring injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to a team That was a victory from last season's Eastern Conference crown k by rivals fighting for a chance to play for the championship  "To be honest, it's fun," said Curry, wearing the goal for every NBA rival. "Whether it's a Tuesday night home or a back-to-back in any East Coast town, you're being tested and you can not just go to sleep."
"We've been debunked sometimes in relation to when we're not extremely imprisoned we can be beaten. But when we are focused and coordinated, we understand what we are trying to be successful, obviously we are tough. Nobody knows this better than the Rockets, who have won a league-best 65 games last season behind NBA Most Valuable Player and top scorer James Harden.Houst led Golden State 3-2 in the West Final before Chris Paul suffered one injured Achilles tendon and missed the last two games, both won by the Warriors for the NBA Finals, where they swept Cleveland for the crown.
– & # 39; We have an answer –
While quadruple NBA MVP LeBron left James Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, he will likely not raise them from a 35-win title to the contenders in one season, leaving the Rockets to once again offer the best threat in the West to Golden State's superiority after 10-time All Star Carmelo Anthony is added to the lineup.
"We're trying to win a championship. The error rate is very low, "said Rockets coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni. With this team, the depth we have, I believe we have an answer for everything. We just have to find out what that answer is.
The Celtics have also done some sorting in an East where James has moved away from Cleveland: Toronto has added Kawhi Leonard, and Philadelphia is offering star talent except Boston the best figures in the East.
The All-Stars Irving and Hayward suffered injury at the end of the season, which gave Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier a strong impression and nearly put the Celtics into the final in an impressive six-month streak to make Boston a title threat.
] "This franchise is really designed to be in the league's top league in the next few years," said Irving Willst not be there, what more can you ask of an organization to really improve your game? "I am pleased on the challenge this year. "