Steph Curry wore down the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Six matches of chasing him around the field nonstop is a difficult task for anyone, even defensive player of the year Marcus Smart. Curry’s conditioning is legendary and a lot of it has to do with his work with personal trainer Brandon Payne. The duo have been together since 2011, keeping the 34-year-old Curry in top shape with all those extra miles after the season ended.
Payne joined the 95.7 “Steiny & Guru” game Wednesday to discuss what’s in the Curry’s offseason system. Steve clearly has no plans to slow down in season 14.
“We still have ways to go,” Payne said. “I’m planning this off-season as I would have planned for one season five or six years ago. We don’t slow down what we’re doing in the off-season. We still have the same goals.
Payne said he doesn’t expect Steve to shoot basketball for the next two to three weeks as he rests from the long season and enjoys his family. His off-season training usually doesn’t rebound until after the annual Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament during early July.
Steve couldn’t help himself on Wednesday. Around the same time Pine was on the air with Matt Steinmetz and Daryl “The Guru” Johnson, Steve was seen at Great America running his 3-point mini-contest.
Steve still has a child-like nature about him, but he has completely changed his body since joining the league as Davidson’s skinny shooter. Payne said Curry’s late physical traits could be huge for the longevity of his career.
“It kind of got into that adult body now,” Payne said. “He does it a little later than most guys do. Usually most guys get into that body of around 27, 28, 29, and he just hit it around 33, 34. That bodes well for his future. This tells you he still has it.” Lots in the tank.”
Payne said he had a great line of communication with the Warriors’ athletic performance team led by Rick Celerini, which led to a comprehensive 12-month approach to Curry’s conditioning. Once the Tahoe golf tournament ends on July 10, Curry will join Payne for his first set of off-season practice for a few weeks. They’ll start with a four-day workout weeks, before ramping up to five days into Week 3 or Week 4, then ramp up to six for a few weeks before Steph takes his second summer vacation for 2-3 weeks. After that, work back for five and six days for weeks until bootcamp.
Payne said they are constantly monitoring Carrie’s condition.
“We have to make sure we don’t put him in off-season fatigue situations,” Payne said. “If you do that, you will reach the point of mechanical breakdown.”
After watching Curry put his head up against the Celtics on his way to his first MVP award in his career finals, we can assume Steve is still near the peak of his power. Listening to Payne, there is no reason to believe that Carrie can continue to act for a few more years.
“It’s still gaining strength and still gaining strength and speed,” Payne said. “I know this is funny, but it really is. People look at me kind of crazy when I say that, but he still moves the iron more quickly. He’s still developing strength in his lower body. … as long as he continues to improve physically, I don’t see that the point A diminishing return is coming anytime soon.”