Late ’80s and early ’90s kids (*raises hand*) grew up lowering the rims on their driveway hoops in an attempt to jam like Jordan and dunk like Dominique. Thanks in large part to Steph Curry, kids today are keeping their hoops at regulation and firing up 3/4 court threes even before they’ve mastered layups.
To suburban dads, few things are more irritating than the youth of America falling in love with the three ball, and all too often, they blame Steph Curry for the fascination.
Not that he minds.
“I’ll get tagged on something on social media, like, ‘You ruined the game,’” Curry said via The Athletic.
Make it 165 straight games with at least one 3-pointer for Stephen Curry.
Curry began the streak back on Dec. 1, 2018. pic.twitter.com/QAUvqmtK83
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 19, 2022
Curry’s generously listed at 6’2, so dunking, at least on a consistent basis, was likely never in the cards for him. He made his way into the NBA by getting buckets from behind the line. In December, he became the league’s all-time leader in made 3s, and he has made at least one triple in 165 consecutive games.
That was Steph’s way into the league and the record books. And as he sees it, this is a more exciting brand of basketball — even if it requires a lot of work and practice.
“Anybody who knows basketball knows where I stand on that. It’s an amazing way to play the game,” Curry told Shams Charania. “It opens up the creative. Everybody loves to shoot the ball. But you can’t skip the work and years and years and years and years of reps that I put in and everybody on this level has. So, don’t skip that process.”
If you don’t like the way Curry plays or respect his work ethic, don’t worry. He’s used to it by now.
“People are going to talk shit,” said Curry. “Hate and love and criticism and celebration — everything. That’s why I stay so even keel.”
Curry’s averaging 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists this season and will soon be named to his eighth All-Star Game.
Yeah, I guess that’s cool and all. But can he dunk in his driveway? I have a broom handle he can borrow…
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