Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice.
I hope to play until I'm, like, 38 or something, and that's a lot of years in the game and a lot of travel and a lot of sacrifice on my family's part.
I shoot the ball so well that sometimes you fall in love with it and think it'll get you out of certain situations.
Shooting the ball is a part of the game. Everybody can shoot in their own way. Not everybody can make. But everybody can shoot.
People have told me, 'You shouldn't bring your daughter onto the podium, 'cause it's the workplace,' and things like that. But I'm not gonna really listen to that. I'm gonna do what I think is fun for me and my family, and everything'll be all right.
I won't have to do any major changes to continue my career a long way, hopefully. Just hopefully stay healthy and be able to help a team out as I go through and still play at a pretty high level.
I've been blessed with talents to play this game and been put on a stage to impact a lot of people. I don't want to take that for granted.
The way I try to represent my family and coaches, I think all are characteristics the league aspires to portray. That's just who I am.
My dad has kind of been the standard for me, he played 16 years in the league, and since I've been in the league, every year that I go through and deal with the scratches, the bumps and bruises, just the grind that it is to go through one NBA season.
Obviously everybody, if you're playing in the league, you've got to have somewhat of an ego about how you play the game.
You learn that there's no right way to do it, no wrong way to do it. It's just what you feel comfortable with, to trust that, and don't let anybody box you in to a certain style of parenting or make you feel a certain way about what your kids do.
Every step of the way I think you learn something that makes you a better player, and all those lessons really come out when it matters the most in a championship.
Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in.
For me, when you are have people wondering what is next, what is coming out, you are on the right track.
I liked school and was a bit of an all-rounder academically, I struggled with music. I can't hold a note when singing and abandoned any notion of a career in music after barely scraping a pass in grade 2 piano.
In a game, there are so many different variables that are thrown at you -- the defense, where your teammates are, how fast your body's moving, and you have to be in control of all those decisions.
Basketball is booming, and it's not just an Under Armour standpoint: it's about the game itself. Kids going out and playing and being inspired by what we do on the court.
A lot more variables in golf. But the biggest thing is like just routine. Like I think that's the biggest correlation between golfers and basketball players, is for me I really rely on my routine every single day when I get ready for games and how I prepare.
I try to do the fancy things out there by going with both hands, making crossover moves, and having a certain creativity and flair to my game.
I got good grades but no particular comment stands out in my memory, I'm afraid. I was one of those annoying and rather boring model pupils.
I'd rather be a non-All-Star playing in the Western Conference finals than an All-Star who's sitting at home in May.
Have a day off, which is very rare in our line of work, but that's something we like to do. Like I said, it's a nice way to take your mind off the game and just go out and relax and have fun.
Yesterday was the first time I saw Kevin Durant in a Warrior T-shirt. I like did a double-take; it was the weirdest thing ever, because it's still kind of fresh.
I have much less confidence on the greens than I do on the court. Everybody asks like if putting is like shooting free throws. Like that six-footer for par or something like that. It has a very similar kind of mindset.
If you're not prepared to give some truly independent thought to what this world is all about, then what is the point of being alive?
I'm a golf junkie. I watch every tournament pretty much. I watch interviews. I watch warm-up routines. All that stuff.
I've never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies.. I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I'm ready for the moment.
Everything happens for a reason, and everything has a story, and if you take time to realise what your dream is and what you really want in life... whether it's sports, whether it's in other fields, you have to realise that there's always work to do.
He credited his teammates, who he thanked in turn, with challenging him every day and driving him forward and making him a better player.
I do a little sign on the court every time i make a shot or a good pass and i pound my chest and point to the sky -- it symbolizes that i have a heart for God. It's something that my mom and I came up with in college and I do it every time I step on the floor as a reminder of who i'm playing for.
What I tell people is be the best version of yourself in anything that you do. You don't have to live anybody else's story.
There's more to life than basketball. The most important thing is your family and taking care of each other and loving each other no matter what.
I can speak volumes about the guy sitting next to me. You look at his stat line tonight, he had a lot of foul trouble and didn't really get going, but when he was in there, he was defending. He was playing physical, and he was doing everything he could to help us win.
Every decision he made, I think everybody bought into it. Whether you understood it or not, you bought into it. Because he's a champion. He's won five of these or something like that, so you've got to trust a guy that's been here before and his view for our team.
It's all about winning. Stats really don't matter, I mean, guys have great series and all that, and people take notice and take their place in history with those stats and all that stuff. But at the end of the day, it's all about winning and what you can do to help your team get to that point.
We just forced them into tough shots that whole overtime. It was a classic five minutes that we needed.
The funny part is I feel like somebody is stalking me, like, at my local course and sizing up my game.
I've played with Mardy Fish a lot. Played with him, I think, two years ago in one of the weekend rounds.
Doesn't matter where you come from, what you have or don't have... All you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to.
Obviously he deserved that Finals MVP award. He is a great talent and he is a huge reason why we are celebrating.
If it's sports and women's golf, men's golf, and it's on TV, I'm watching it. I watched those ladies do what they do at such a high level, and she's obviously a big basketball fan and a fan of ours, too. So it was cool to have that interaction.
That feeling is so intoxicating, walking off the court holding the Larry O'Brien trophy. So I just want to do that again.
When you get out in the field, it's just like any other game. You want to be the same player, the same team that has gotten them to that point. I don't think you have to do anything special. Just be yourself and allow all the time you put in that take over and get the job done.
We overload in our workouts so that the game slows down in real life. It helps you become a smarter basketball player.
I can accomplish all those. It's really awkward, kind of, for me coming out here and being in a competitive golf atmosphere. I don't get to do it but once a year, except my, like, local tournaments back home in Oakland.
In my late teens, like many a devout Catholic boy, I considered the priesthood and even went as far as discussing the idea at a seminary in Belfast but hesitated. I decided to focus on physics at university, another way perhaps to contemplate the mysteries of reality.
There's a reason that I have confidence out there, and it's about how I prepare for games and for series and seasons and whatnot, so we've got to stick with that kind of thought process.
Being a superstar means you've reached your potential, and I don't think I've reached my potential as a basketball player and as a leader yet.
The more minutes you play and the more grind and physical play you endure through the course of a season, you have to re-charge and get your body right for the next season. Be in that weight room and conditioning and that kind of deal.
I have a bet with my mom that involves a little money, and if I have too many turnovers, she gets in my pocket. I'm afraid of that for sure.
I learned how quickly I actually released my shot off the dribble. I know that's something I work on, and really use in games, but I didn't know exactly how quick it was, down to like the millisecond.
I'm 6'3 and 185 pounds on a good day, so I probably relate more to the casual fan who watches the game and is not super athletic, not this crazy monster of physical stature.
I'm pretty in tune with everything that happens on the PGA TOUR. Jordan Spieth is my guy. I love watching him play.
It represents a Bible verse I wear on my shoe. Philippians 4:13. It says 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' It's also my mantra, how I get up for games and why I play the way I do.
I remember back when I was 10 and my dad was telling me: Hey, I'm going on a trip this week to play out in Lake Tahoe. I didn't really know where Lake Tahoe was going back, living back in North Carolina.
The vibe in our locker room is real energetic and fun and real personable, I think from Day 1. That gets you through a lot of tough times, where in hard times, it might be common nature for guys to do their own thing and split up and become silent.
I'm very active on social media and see the huge impact it has on engaging with fans and being able to have a voice.
I expected to be a pretty good NBA point guard and hopefully win a championship. But MVP and all this stuff? Not really.
I've taken countless shots in my life, so you know the ones when you're in rhythm, with a perfect release, and it's on track, that it's going in.
Most of the stuff I try in a game, in the moment, I have supreme confidence I'm going to execute it.
I want people to understand they have to live their own lives the way they want to and not just do what we do.
I'm blessed to have such a tight-knit family that we can talk about anything. Whether we talk frequently or not, since we're on separate ends of the country, there are a lot of moving parts, and we always stay tight and find that center ground that keeps us together.
I want to thank God, obviously for the health, for the talent He's given me, for my family who supports me, for the things that basketball's taught me on and off the court. For the people that I've been able to meet through the game of basketball.
There are so many things we have to overcome in this life with Jesus, His work on the cross. He's paid the ultimate price for us, so I'm proud to be a child of God.
My parents had us in church every Sunday, every Wednesday. It was more of a tradition at that point; I didn't have a personal relationship with the Lord until I went to the altar call one Sunday, and the youth pastor told us to make a decision for ourselves.
We knew sports was important to us and our family, but there are priorities in life.Obviously, faith is foremost; how we did in school is important. If we didn't handle that business then there were no privileges.
With all the travel we're doing to cold-weather cities, your mind definitely starts to wander. It gets you away from the game. Even when you arrive in a city, you're tempted to just sit in your hotel and rest. Sometimes it's nice to just get out and walk around, to see what's there.
In college, a loss is pretty devastating. That feeling kind of goes away in an 82-game season. You hate to lose, but you also have a lot more games to make up for it.
With the NBA's dress code, I had to revamp my wardrobe a little bit. They call it 'business casual.' You have to wear dress jeans or dress slacks, with a collared shirt or sweater. And you can't wear athletic shoes.
Playing basketball all my life, I've collected a lot of different basketball shoes. It's pretty much all I wear.
When I moved out, my mom and dad came to help me get settled into my apartment -- a place I ultimately got hooked up with in Coach Nelson's building. We had to figure out how to get all my shoes over here. That was a little stressful.
The last game I played in college was in the NIT against St. Mary's. That was the first time I had come to the Oakland area. So, the last game I played in college and the first game of my NBA career were out here in the Bay Area. It's pretty cool.
I had talked to a lot of people in Golden State's front offices before the draft. They said they liked me, but they had a lot of guards, so I didn't think that I would end up there.
I am pretty chill before games. Have a go-to routine that keeps me busy until we are ready to take the court so I'm not just sitting around anxious for the game.
I like that Brita makes tap water taste good, so you don't need to spend money or waste plastic with bottled water.
A wet spot on the floor kind of put a scare in myself, so you never know inside those lines what might happen.
Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don't.
Whatever that means, however you got on that mountain, why not try to climb it? And do it in your own way.
I always have confidence, whether I miss four in a row or make four in a row, that the next one's going in. To a coach, sometimes that might not make sense.
I've been blessed in that regard through and through. So I'm just thankful for this opportunity to play the game that I love and share that with the world.
To excel at the highest level -- or any level, really -- you need to believe in yourself, and hands down, one of the biggest contributors to my self-confidence has been private coaching.
Your touch and your feel for the game is pretty much gone if you don't work on it -- at least get some shots up or dribble the ball.
For me, I don't want to cheat the game by saying, or kind of doing lip service by saying, I want to be the greatest ever. I want to be able to show it.
I've always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it's also been about confidence and faith.
Someone did a graphic of me in my jersey, and Jordan, they dubbed him guarding me, and Kanye's face was on both of us. That's my favorite meme of all time -- or so far to-date. I'm gonna have to get that blown up on my wall or something.
It's really annoying for me. That's not what I'm playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron's throne or whatever.
I think about the milestones from my childhood and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them. Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can't imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation.
On the court, I want to try and get to the free-throw line a little more. And as a point guard, you can always get better at your decision-making and limiting your mistakes.
Everybody asks if putting is like shooting free throws. It has a very similar kind of mindset. And it's just you, the ball, and the target.
Back in Oakland, we have a lot of food in the locker room, but on the road, it's mostly just fruit. So we have to prepare differently. But really, once you get to the gym, everything on the road is pretty much the same.
All of us are in the same place, each with our own rooms, and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. Which is totally different than college, where they manage your schedule for you. In the NBA, you're on your own.
Recently partnered with Express Men as a brand ambassador, so my closet is full of the new fashion trends and styles that keep me fresh for games.
I am not a BART regular but have taken it probably five times to and from the city with some of my teammates. Nice to just hop on the train and enjoy some of the views of the Bay Area while I'm out.
You have so much fun playing games. We all love basketball, so we never want the season to end, 'cause then it's five months of sitting around and watching the playoffs.
Once it gets down to single-digit games, you know the season's end is approaching, and we're all pretty physically tired.
That summer after the draft was probably the most fun I've ever had, because all I had to do every day was wake up and go work out for four or five hours. I got to play some golf, which I love to do, too, and then got to hang out with my family.
We have a great group of guys that really sacrifice every night, care about each other, and try to play the right away.
I know the blessing of having a dad who played 16 years in the league. That experience, and seeing him as an example, let me know that it's possible. It's not easy, but it's possible.
I'm 6'3'' and 185 pounds on a good day, so I probably relate more to the casual fan who watches the game and is not super athletic, not this crazy monster of physical stature.
When I step forward on the floor, I have the confidence that I'm the best player playing that night and that I am the most prepared at what I need to be doing.
I have certain guys who I looked up to. Jordan, Kobe, those guys. Passing that on to doing my part to kind of keep that influence of basketball where it should be is kind of why I play the game.
The biggest thing is just routine. I think that's the biggest correlation between golfers and basketball players.
You know, I'm trying to chase rings, and that's all I'm about. So that's where the conversation stops for me.
I wasn't going to shy away from getting married when I did and having a baby young and starting a family, even with the job that I chose.
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