SAITAMA, Japan – A group of sumo wrestlers showed up at the Warriors’ first practice session in Tokyo. They took photos and drew a receptive crowd, which drew mutual interest and the attention of the basketball team who attended. Steph Curry in particular was fascinated by this and decided to see her around her.
Fame has benefits. Curry had it set up the next morning. He spent early Friday before the first of two preseason games against the Wizards visiting Musashigawa’s sumo stable across town. He took Jordan Poole and Lester Quiñones with him.
Curry is at the top of his sport. These wrestlers belong to the world elite in their field. Curry is attracted to this size and constantly looks for parallels that bring success. Two days later, before boarding a plane back to the Bay Area, he described his hour learning sumo as the most memorable experience of the five-day trip to Tokyo.
“Watching you train. Stand in the ring for a few minutes,” Curry said. “I wanted to get up close and personal with how they lived their lives and the discipline and physicality of that space. It was absolutely amazing.”
Here is a photo of the warriors social team.
The NBA held an All-Star weekend-style Saturday night event in Tokyo.
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