Man, talk about living the dream. Not like, sarcastically living the dream, as the term is often used. But really, really having past illusions of grandeur come true after years of hard work and training.
That’s the life of one Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors.
Not only has he hit accomplishments that many dream of, even NBA players, he’s set to break a record set by one of his boyhood heroes, former Pacers guard Reggie Miller. Curry is just four 3-pointers away from passing Miler as No. 2 on the all-time list.
Listen to Curry spill the details about watching Miller as a young man, back when he would watch his own father play against Miller. Curry’s pops is Dell Curry, a former NBA player and deadly catch-and-shoot marksman.
Miller was indeed fearless. He never backed down to the great Michael Jordan, as detailed in The Last Dance, a Chicago Bulls/Jordan documentary released last year.
And Curry’s game is much like Miller’s. They of course both shoot the 3-pointer. But it’s how they get open for those shots that makes them more similar. Curry moves without the basketball, a constant motion in an attempt to find screens and get open from distance, just as Miller used to.
Curry can also cook off the dribble, and that makes him one of the best players of all time, in addition to being possibley the best shooter of all time.
But before Curry has that absolute distinction, he’s got to pass Miller and then Ray Allen, who has 413 more 3-pointers made than Miller. It’s just a matter of time, so let’s enjoy the ride, starting Saturday when Curry tries to pass Miller and win a ballgame against the Jazz in Utah.
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