The 34-year-old Golden State icon’s journey has been far from smooth. Yet Warriors No. 30 Steph Curry is considered the best shooter in NBA history and even one of the greatest players of all time.
Unclassifiable Curry. He almost looks like everyman. However, on June 16, he won a 4th NBA championship title (after those of 2015, 2017, 2018), and a Finals MVP trophy. Curry is like fine wine, it ages well. World champion with Team USA in 2010 and 2014, all he needs is Olympic gold.
On December 14, 2021 against the Knicks, he scored his 2974th 3-point basket (in 789 games) erasing Ray Allen’s old record (in 1300 games). Since that day, he has obviously continued to inflate his quota (it is 3117 out of 7290 attempted, or 42.76% success). Curry’s phenomenal skill changed the game!
Curry smashes records
Words fail Dejan Milojevic, Steve Kerr’s assistant coach at Golden State, to talk about the Curry phenomenon:
“I am very honored to be at Golden State and to be able to work alongside a player of the caliber of Steph Curry. Steph is unquestionably one of the greatest players of all time. We can only be proud to train a guy like him. At his age, he still displays an incredible level of play. But there is still some under the sole. He’s just a fabulous player and being.”
Asked why Curry remains at such a high level, Steve Kerr retains above all “an extreme consistency in his routine. It’s like a daily metronome. Whether he is in the weight room, on the field, in training, he does not change. It’s a mechanic. At the same time, he also exudes joy and energy in his work. He loves it so much.”
“He still has some under the sole”
And the Golden State coach to push the comparison between his player and a certain Roger Federer:
“There is this hyper-structured and disciplined routine in these superstars that they savor every day. This passion accompanies them. It makes it last over time. When we like something, we work on it, we progress and we continue. We met Federer a few years ago in China. He had spoken to our locker room. Federer and Steph share similarities in their approach to life. They also put a lot of cheerfulness into it. »
When we notice the exceptional season that he still achieved – despite the pitfalls – it is even difficult to realize how the native of Ohio remains so successful over the years. American journalist and commentator Bill Simons does not hide his admiration:
“In his early days, Steph Curry was hugely underestimated. It slowed him down a lot. It took him a while to figure out what to do. He then worked very hard. His father had been a big star (Dell Curry, former fullback drafted in 15th position by Utah in 1986 and former great Hornets player, Editor’s note). Steph then found himself in Golden State (drafted in 7th position in 2009, Editor’s note). He didn’t want to go. He greatly preferred the New York Knicks. »
“But gradually, at Golden State, he became the best shooter in the history of the League. He remains this fierce competitor who also has great elegance. A dexterity that we actually like to compare to that of Federer. The years go by. Yet Curry is constantly improving, especially in defense. He does not count his hours in the weight room. We remember how badly he was injured and how much effort and patience to come back, it took him.
“Chief Curry”, “Baby Face Assassin”, “the Human Torch”, “Mr Warrior”, so many nicknames that fit so well with the mentality and talent of this exceptional player who intends to continue to put on the rings.