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Trae Young Opens Up On Playing Against Stephen Curry: “I Remember Being A Kid Watching Him Back Then, And Just Being A Fan Then, And Now.”

Trae Young Opens Up On Playing Against Stephen Curry: "I Remember Being A Kid Watching Him Back Then, And Just Being A Fan Then, And Now.

In some ways, Trae Young and Stephen Curry have similar playstyles. They like to taunt their rivals with their plays, take long shots when they see the opportunity and take advantage of their size and quickness to defeat their opponents. At the same time, they are different, but NBA fans surely enjoy watching them play. 

In recent days, they linked up and hit the gym with other stars like Kyrie Irving. Stephen Curry is the standard of a winning point guard in the NBA, while Young is trying to create his own story and become a huge figure like Curry in the league. 

During a recent interview with Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the Atlanta Hawks star reflected on his young years watching Curry becoming the legend that he is today while leading the Golden State Warriors to win titles. 

"Yeah, I mean, it was just as fine as when he [Curry] won his first one by himself with KT [Thompson], and I was in middle school and high school back then, so I remember being a kid watching him back then, and just being a fan then, and now. I mean, being in the league, going against him, I think our games are different, but they’re similar in certain areas, and I definitely want to be a champion, so he’s set the standard,” Young stated.

Moreover, he talked about his workout with Curry and Kyrie, stating that he wants to learn as much as possible, and these two, along with other players, taught him big lessons. 

“I’m a student of the game, so I’m just always trying to learn and trying to get better,” Young said. “Every summer, I really dedicate that time to getting better, and anytime I’m able to be in the gym, or I get asked the opportunity to go spend some time with some of these guys, I mean, I’m always gonna jump up and go do it, because I want to be a better basketball player. I was able to have the opportunity to go work out and get in some runs with some of these guys, and I was able to learn some things, so it was good.”

Following a magical 2021 playoff run, Trae and the Hawks couldn't get past the first round in 2022. They are now ready to face a new challenge, trying to go further than the ECF and play in the Finals. The addition of Dejounte Murray placed the Hawks as a serious contender to fight for the East, but we have to wait to see how they'll fare next campaign.