D-League stint may pay off big for Curry

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 10, 2007 at 6:34 am •  Published: December 10, 2007

The Bulls, Nurse said, sent Curry down so he could get significant playing time. The parent club wants to see Curry develop his skills running an offense while learning how to defend NBA-caliber guards.

"I think he understands where he is and what he needs to do to get better,” Nurse said. "I don't think he's doubting his abilities to play at that level whatsoever. He's excited to learn the game in a different way and get better. His basketball IQ is very high.

"Absolutely from the day he stepped here he's been all about team and all about working hard and he's been all about winning. He's a 10 out of 10 attitude-wise. He's been awesome.”

Nurse said the Bulls have talked about calling up Curry once or twice this season to give him some experience in the NBA. But playing time is most important for Curry right now, something he likely won't see with a loaded backcourt in Chicago.

But all indications point to Curry becoming the next player to turn a D-League stint into a solid NBA career.

"He's expressed to me that he's here to get better,” Nurse said. "And he's excited about getting better as a player.”

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