When last we saw video proof of Stephen Curry's recovery from a devastating series of ankle turns, there was reason to be cautiously optimistic. At the time, that was all Golden State Warrior fans had.
But a video featuring Curry standing practically still while he dribbled a basketball and tapped a wall with moving lights wasn't exactly the best indicator that he was healthy enough to actually play basketball.
Now, though, Curry is back in Oakland and the Warriors' training staff is putting him through rigorous daily workouts. The Warriors shared a 15-minute video on the team's official site which—unlike the previous video—should leave fans feeling much more than cautious optimism.
This time, we're talking unbridled joy.
Stephen Curry's playing basketball again! And he looks great! Hallelujah!
Curry appears quick, agile and, most importantly, unconcerned with the health of his troublesome right ankle as he runs through drills.
And his shot looks terrific, as usual.
Among the encouraging signs in the film are a number of deliberately herky-jerky moves from Curry. He shoots runners off of both feet, crosses over with ease and even moves well in a defensive position against teammate Charles Jenkins (please reserve your jokes about how easy it is to guard Charles Jenkins for another time; we're staying positive today).
According to Curry in the video, he feels "100 percent for where [he's] supposed to be right now."
And while that's certainly a qualified statement (Curry can't know he's truly 100 percent until he's playing in an all-out, competitive environment), it's more than even the most hopeful of Warrior fans could have imagined.
It's no secret that Curry is one of the two most critical pieces to the Warriors' success this year—Andrew Bogut's the other. But until now, his rehab has been, well, secretive.
This latest video pulls back the curtain on Curry's clandestine recovery and exposes it to the light of day. And because Curry appears so healthy, every Warrior fan's day just got a little brighter, too.