Stephen Curry takes about a second and a half from the time of releasing the basketball to reach a distance of more than 22 feet, a flicker of time that is somehow, for an expected crowd, his defenders and teammates, televised. Feels frozen to the audience. Front Office Officer.
“Emotionally, he will take you on a journey,” said Bob Myers, general manager of the Golden State Warriors. “And I’m not sure it exists for the other players. It remains to be seen.”
For 13 NBA seasons, Curry has been dishing up box scores for Golden State, and on Tuesday, he became the NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooter when he surpassed Ray Allen’s career record. Record-tying and record-breaking shots came early in the first quarter of the game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with Allen in attendance and the crowd buzzing every time Curry touched the ball.
In the process, Curry continues to reinvent the 3-point line as his personal canvas, and as each week passes, his record-setting total will rise: 2,977 career 3-pointers and 789 counting in games. Allen’s previous record came in 1,300 games.
But the gluttony is beyond the numbers artistry of an athlete It is capable of producing electric shock whenever it lines up a long distance jumper.
“You can feel the frenetic kind of energy that he generates,” said Bruce Fraser, one of Golden State’s assistants. “And when he’s really going, you can see the ball swinging a little faster with his hands, and the arc of his shot—it’s almost like a meteor shower. It’s a storm in the sky. And I I’ve never felt this way before.”
Curry’s latest milestone comes as Golden State continues to stage its renaissance after stumbling through a wilderness of two listless, injury-prone seasons—the struggle that created a lifelong superpower. to appear mortal After five straight appearances in the NBA Finals, including three championships LeBron James wins over Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry has, rarely, been more of a sensation. After making nine 3-pointers and scoring 40 points in a one-off win last month, he was doused with “MVP” chants—which were no big deal, except Curry was in cleveland,
“When 30 was leaving, he was leaving,” Cavaliers Darius Garland told reporters, referring to Curry’s uniform number. “Nothing else you can really say.”
It is worth considering. During a recent 15-minute telephone interview, Myers compared Curry to Rembrandt and Picasso, Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., and the art of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Exaggeration from a member of the same organization? Maybe. Again, Alan Iverson has described Curry as one of his favorite players, with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neill using the adjective regularly”.stepfortless,” and whenever Curry goes on one of his molten shackles social media erupts into chaos.
Why? Because Curry doesn’t just shoot 3-pointers. No, he makes them with three guards wrapped around him like a cheap tablecloth, He rings the buzzer and crushes Asha. He takes 3s while running and General vicinity of Food Court, he smiles and Dance And score points and hunts, turning each field-target attempt into a telenovela.
“He’s a master at what he does,” said Nets’ Kevin Durant, a former teammate.
When Curry broke Allen’s record on Tuesday, the two embraced.
“I pride myself on shooting a high percentage,” Curry said. “I am proud of what helped us win the game. Now, I can take pride in the longevity of Ray reaching that number on the set, hopefully pushing it to a number no one can reach. I didn’t want to call myself the greatest shooter of all time until I got that record. I’m comfortable saying that now.”
Fred Cast, who spent 57 years The Warriors’ official scorer before retiring last season, was the person responsible for documenting all 3-pointers made by Curry in home games. The 82-year-old cast took their work seriously, which meant they tried very hard to contain the crowd’s emotions whenever Curry started doing curry things.
Now, as a fan watching the game from his couch, the cast has a slightly different approach. Because he can focus solely on the action, his admiration for Curry has only grown.
“You find it amazing when he does what most players do with far greater frequency,” Cast said, “which is miss.”
Curry nights are closed. In a recent defeat to the San Antonio Spurs, he shot 7 of 28 from the field and 5 of 17 from 3-point range. Fraser said he showed particular determination in practice the next day. Curry ends his workout the same way he always does: by attempting 100 3-pointers.
“He made 93 of them,” said Fraser, who feeds the ball to Curry as he spins around the perimeter.
A friend recently asked Fraser how many passes he had thrown to Curry over the past eight seasons (to no credit for assists). Was it above 100,000? At first, it seemed a total absurdity for Fraser, who joined Golden State before the start of the 2014–15 season, but then turned the numbers down. As a part of his post-practice work, Curry typically performs 300 to 500 jumps. And the morning shoots happen. And the pregame warm-up. The total, Fraser said, works out to about 200,000 passes each season.
“So I’m over a million,” Fraser said.
At the same time, there is an Everyman aspect to Curry, said Rick Welts, who retired as president of Golden State after last season. Curry’s size — he’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, which is almost Lilliputian by NBA standards — makes him more recognizable to fans, Welts said. And while players like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are playing with Cram high flying adventures, Curry elevates the humble leap shot into something special.
“I can’t relate to how I feel when Giannis dunks the ball,” Welts said. “But I can go out in my driveway right now and at least understand how it feels when Steph makes that shot.”
Fellow 3-point shooters, past and present, say they take quirky pleasure in Curry’s pyrotechnics. They know what it’s like to drop a defender, find the 3-point line, and let the ball fly.
“It’s an adrenaline rush every time,” said 32-year-old Chelsea Schweres, who set the record for career 3-pointers among Division III female players during her career at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. “There’s nothing like taking a step-back jumper. It’s my favorite thing on earth.”
Schwers, who made 415 3-pointers on Christopher Newport Shooting 46.1 percent from the deep, has considered Curry his favorite player as he was emerging as a mid-major college star down the road at Davidson. At 5-foot-7, Schwers said she could be related to Curry because they were both of relatively small size. And they could both shoot.
“He just brings so much joy,” said Schwers, who has spent the last 10 years playing overseas, most recently in Portugal.
In 2004, before his senior year of high school, John Grotberg went on a Davidson recruiting trip. But after suffering a knee injury, Grotberg opted to go the Division III route and enrolled here Grinnell College in Iowa, It turned out for the best: Grotberg wound up scoring more 3-pointers than any male player in NCAA history, and Davidson’s backcourt would have been crowded.
“Steph was a year behind me,” Grotberg said.
Grotberg, 34, went to play in Europe before studying medicine at Yale, and is now a physician in St. Now more than ever, Grotberg said, he appreciates his tangible relationship with Curry, citing 3-point record he still holds, he said, simply because Curry left Davidson for the NBA a year earlier.
Along with countless other basketball fans, Grotberg continues to wonder how Curry has changed the game by dragging the court incomprehensiblely. This is the stuff of dreams for a shooter.
“You get into this repetition where your body knows what to do,” Grotberg said, “and all you have to do is find a place to do it.”
Curry has spent the past 13 seasons carving out the place. Now he is alone on the stage of his own creation.