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When the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championship in 2014, many teams tried to follow their formula of not just going after big names but building organically and playing team ball.  Well now the Golden State Warriors are on top and for any teams that may want to try and copy their formula, well Stephen Curry says it just won’t work.  Curry also discussed possibly being the best player in the world in an interview for ESPN The Magazine.

Are you the best player in the world?

When I’m on the floor, I believe I am, for sure. I don’t get into why I’m better than such and such. But that’s my motivation when I work.

It’s you and LeBron in a toss-up right now.

That motivates me. But if I took a vote of the nation and they say I finished second, I wouldn’t be, like, disappointed. It’s a pretty cool conversation to have.

As for pace of play, the league is catching up to the Warriors, who led the NBA in pace last season [98.3 possessions per game, 1.8 more than any other team]. Your Dubs rank fourth this season, even though you’ve upped the pace to 99.7. Can your style of small ball be replicated?

You can try to copy it, but you won’t have the personnel. There isn’t another Draymond Green, another Klay, another Andre. If you put your small-ball lineup next to ours, we like our chances.

So you are trying to top MJ as the greatest of all time?

Yeah. Why else would I be playing? You want to be the best you can be. And if the best you can be is better than him, then why not? That’s good motivation.

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