It's time for Stephen Curry to wholly embrace his role as the face of the Warriors franchise.

Or, as first-year coach Mark Jackson analogizes, it's time for Curry to grab a microphone and become what Gladys Knight was to the Pips.

"I challenged him in our first meeting to stop deferring, and he's made incredible strides," Jackson said. "I'm proud of him. He very easily could have said, 'I'm going to be who I am, I'm going to be very successful, and I'm going to make a lot of money doing it.'

"But he's listened, made the adjustments and become a better player because of it."