Kobe Bryant Knew Stephen Curry Was Destined for Greatness Behind His Best Quality: ‘I Think It’s Something That a Lot of Players Don’t Understand’
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry has established himself as one of the game’s best talents. Curry’s dominance behind his shooting and scoring has generated recognition as an all-time great. Before he firmly ascended into the elevated stratosphere, former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant pinpointed the Warriors star’s best quality that destined him for greatness.
Stephen Curry’s rise to NBA stardom
Curry entered the league with plenty of outside doubt regarding his size.
He quickly brushed those concerns aside behind his stellar play as he established himself as one of the game’s best talents. Curry scoring and shooting prowess have earned him recognition as arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history.
He has broken numerous 3-point records, topped by recently becoming the league’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made. Curry has won three NBA titles, earned two regular-season MVP awards, received seven All-Star game selections and four All-NBA First Team nods. His stellar sustained play has pushed him toward universal acknowledgment as a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Before Curry truly hit his stride, Bryant saw Curry rise to greatness through one quality.
Kobe Bryant knew Stephen Curry was destined for greatness behind his best quality: ‘I think it’s something that a lot of players don’t understand’
Curry’s ascension toward recognition as one of the game’s greatest talents resulted from his dedication and hard work.
However, it’s much more than that as the Warriors star point guard possesses other qualities that separate him from many of his peers. During an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon in December 2015, Lakers great Kobe Bryant voiced he saw Curry’s calmness elevating his performance to the next level.
“I see a calmness about him,” Bryant said. “I think it’s something that a lot of players don’t understand. I think it’s very hard for most fans to understand what I’m saying. Most players don’t get it, but there’s a serious calmness about him which is extremely deadly. Because he’s not up, he’s not down. He’s not contemplating what just happened before or worrying about what’s to come next. He’s just there.”
“When the player has the skills and trains himself to have the skills to be able to shoot and dribble left and right then you mix that with this calmness and poise then you have a serious problem on your hands. when I watch him play, that’s what I see.”
Curry is never flustered, even when his shot isn’t falling. The time he put into his craft has created the unwavering confidence to take any shot without hesitation.
It’s played a pivotal factor in shaping the player he’s become. In other words, he possesses the “it” factor that has earned him respect and admiration from his peers and fans.
Warriors race off to a promising start
The Warriors are off to a promising start to the 2021-22 season, behind a stellar 11-2 record.
Curry’s performance sits at the center of Golden State’s impressive play as he’s putting together another MVP-caliber campaign. He ranks second in the league with 28.1 points on 44.2% shooting from the floor and 38.7% from beyond the arc with 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
The 33-year-old has scored 20 or more points all but twice while posting at least 40 points four times. It features posting a season-high 50 points against the Atlanta Hawks. Beyond that, he’s continuing to showcase he has plenty left in the tank to perform at an elite level.
Curry is the driving force for the Warriors, and the team’s title hopes rest on his shoulders.
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