They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.
The saying certainly holds true with Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. He proved long ago that he can light it up at Madison Square Garden, the home of the Knicks, way back in 2013 when he scored 54 points during a breakout performance on national TV.
It was Curry’s career high at the time, and he was almost literally unconscious, famously missing an attempted high-five from his teammate, Draymond Green. Need a refresher? Check the highlights below. If you want to see Green get snubbed, fast forward to the 2:20 mark of the video.
Eight years, two NBA MVPs and three championships later, Curry is still a headline grabber in the Big Apple. The Warriors are in New York to face the Knicks on Tuesday, and Curry is on the front page of The New York Times‘ sports section.
Not bad considering he plays on the opposite side of the country. Here’s Marc Stein’s tweet of the front page, and you’ll notice that Curry’s story is below the fold (he had to contend with the Australian Open final, so it’s understandable). For convenience, I took a screenshot of Stein’s expanded tweet and included that below.
And here’s the screenshot:
Curry has been a national phenomenon for years now, especially with his five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals from 2015-19. Many observers thought those days were over, even more so when Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending injury. But that’s clearly not the case.
His numbers, per the article above, are at or near his stats from his unanimous MVP season in 2016. At almost 33 years of age, Curry’s career story and current run is indeed front-page news in any city, dare I say, on earth.
He’s coming off an illness, however, and is only expected to play. The entire NBA hopes he can return to the New York stage, and plus the Warriors are in dire need of a win, after starting its road trip 0-2. Needless to say the results will be on the front page of sports section at The New York Times.
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