In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Curry said he can “sort of relate” to Lonzo because he understands the “extra pressure” involved with having a high-profile father.
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— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 29, 2017
“Early in my sophomore and junior years in high school, there was a little extra pressure because of who my dad was, and I felt like everybody was kind of critiquing my every move on the court, and I was already not getting recruited or anything.” […]
“[Lonzo] can’t let what people say bother him. Use it as motivation.”
Curry also had plenty of encouraging words for the struggling 20-year-old.
After Tuesday’s practice, Curry said that he thinks Lonzo is “a great talent” who will have a “great career” (starting at 1:27):
“He’s a rookie. He’s going through the ups and downs like every rookie has, whether you’re highly touted or not. It’s all a learning experience, trying to find your way and be comfortable.
“Basically my perception is he’s working through that. I’ve always said he’s a great talent, I think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through that and have a great career.
“I hope you didn’t judge me off my first 20 games in the league, either.”