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Stephen Curry opens up in new wide-ranging interview

The star guard discusses how active he is on social media while in the bathroom, his new "floating" remedy for sore muscles, and how "mindfulness" is playing huge in his role as the leader of this team.

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You should read the entire ESPN.com interview (written by Sam Alipour), but in the meanwhile, here are some highlights. As always, we love Stephen Curry and how open/honest he is.

A recent addition to your training regiment is floating. You're among several Warriors who now regularly spend one-hour sessions floating in water with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt inside sensory-deprivation tanks. What does that do for you?

It's an opportunity to relax, for one. And it obviously has some physical benefits as well, with [the magnesium in] the salt, being able to relax those sore muscles. But to get away from the demands and all the stimuli we have in the world and in our lives, that was the main draw. When I get in the tank, I lean back, try to take a couple of deep breaths, ground myself and commence the floating. Then it's just me and my thoughts for an hour, playing Russian roulette of the mind.

Like yoga and meditation practitioners, that's something floaters espouse: mindfulness, the state of being present, observant of your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Yeah, I kind of see where my mind goes because usually that's something I've been thinking about, or a decision I might need to make in my life. It's refreshing to process what I thought about over an hour of floating, which are probably the most important things that are going on right now in your life. I have a very clear head when it's done, and it shows in the days after floating. It gives me a nice boost of focus and perspective. The more I do it, the more I get from it.

And on his new, shiny toilet:

You also recently tweeted with glee about a new automated toilet your wife, Ayesha, bought for you. How big of a role has that hole played in your season?

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Oh, man, that toilet just makes me happy in life. And when you're happy, you play better. I bet if I did a case study on my performance since I got the toilet, you'd see the difference.

Sounds exciting. Were you on the new pot when you posted that tweet?

Well, I am a big social-media-on-the-toilet guy, because that's my break time. But no, I was in Minnesota when Ayesha told me about it. And the next day I had 46 [points]. There's a reason for that. I was very happy.

Read the whole thing, he goes on to talk about Michael Jordan, what it would take to be considered the GOAT, and much, much more.

Thank you Sam Alipour for the (as always) amazing interview!

(h/t Espn)