Rockets rookie Jalen Green sees ‘big brother’ in Warriors’ Steph Curry


When the Houston Rockets play the Golden State Warriors on Monday for the third time this season, one player sees it as more than just a regular season game. Rookie Jalen Green will have another opportunity to show one of his mentors, Warriors guard Steph Curry, what he learned in the 34 games he played during his NBA career.

The two first met when Green was in high school and then again when he played for the G League Ignite team last season and have remained friends ever since. Green treasured his conversations with the NBA’s all-time 3-point leader and offered critical advice when he struggled with his shooting last season while playing in the G League.

He’s like a big brother. I was struggling a bit in the G League, and he (Curry) sent me a voicemail like, “Man, keep shooting.” I don’t know how many nights there were in this shooting crisis, but I just kept shooting. He always gives me advice. I can hit him when I need to.

Another resource Green has at his disposal if he wants to follow in the footsteps of the future Hall of Famer in the first round is head coach Stephen Silas – who was an assistant coach at Golden State when Curry was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.

After Sunday’s practice, Silas said he found notes he had kept on Curry since his rookie year, which he showed Green earlier this season.

I was flipping through my notes the other day. I have a plan for Steph from 2010 of all the things he needed to work on over the summer. All the things he improved on over the year and all the things he needed to work on over the summer. Many of them are similar to what Jalen has to work on.

With Green’s work ethic, it should come as no surprise if he researches any plans Silas has on his other former players, including LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Kemba Walker.


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