Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has established himself as the best shooter in NBA history since entering the league in 2009. He has made the most 3-pointers of all time and changed the way teams play on offense.
The latter part has caused many pundits to claim that Curry has ruined the game since 3-pointers have gone up and more and more players are shooting near half-court. The two-time MVP has heard the narrative that he’s ruined basketball several times and surprisingly doesn’t let it affect him since the positivity outweighs the negativity.
Stephen Curry: “People are going to talk sh*t”
During an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Curry said he disagrees with the notion that he ruined basketball. The three-time champion also admitted that he doesn’t let those comments bother him.
“I’ll get tagged on something on social media, like, ‘You ruined the game,'” Curry said. “Anybody who knows basketball knows where I stand on that. It’s an amazing way to play the game. 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. It is a fun way to play, and it’s dope to know that everybody feels an attachment to it. People are going to talk shit. Hate and love and criticism and celebration — everything. That’s why I stay so even keel.”
Legendary Boston columnist Bob Ryan recently wrote that Curry has distorted basketball at every level. The 75-year-old hates that the Warriors star has turned basketball into a long-range exhibition since he grew up trying to replicate Oscar Robertson’s game.
Bob Ryan: We can blame Stephen Curry for distorting basketball at every level
Teams used to get layups on fastbreaks. Now they try to hit 3-pointers. Old basketball fans like Ryan get sick of watching teams shoot 3-pointer after 3-pointer, and the iconic scribe blames Curry for changing how teams play.
“What Mr. Curry has done is expand the concept of a legitimate, makeable three,” Ryan wrote. “He can shoot it with remarkable accuracy from three? four? five? However many feet beyond the arc. If he crosses midcourt with the ball, you’d better get your hands up. You think people haven’t noticed? Trae Young, for one, is likewise doing it. The problem is that, as it is in so many other aspects of athletic life, some people are simply better than others. No one is going to out-Curry Curry, and that includes Young. But they will try, and we will see more teams shooting 5 for 32 from beyond the arc, rendering the game more and more unwatchable. Worse yet, we will see more college and high school kids hoisting threes, as if that were the only way to, as they quaintly say these days, “score the ball.” Curry’s influence is that profound.”
Kids wanted to play like Michael Jordan back in the day. Now they want to shoot deep shots from beyond the arc like Curry. Even power forwards and centers are shooting 3-pointers. Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has spoken out several times about how he despises big guys who shoot from the perimeter instead of dominating in the post as he did.
The 3-pointer was invented in 1961 and brought to the NBA for the 1979-80 season. Every 3-pointer Curry makes from here on out will be a new record, and that’s a feat the future Hall of Famer still gets emotional over.
Steph: “Every 3 that I make now is a new record, which is kind of funny”
Curry broke Ray Allen’s 3-pointer record at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Even though his record-setting night is behind him, the two-time scoring champion is still grateful for that moment and all the deep shots he will hit until his career is over.
“It’s weird because I’m still feeling the emotions of that,” Curry told Charania. “It was so emotional with the lead-up and all of that. It’s nice to have that weight off my shoulder and just enjoy the way that I play the game. Every 3 that I make now is a new record, which is kind of funny, but I still have a lot of gratitude for all the people that celebrated it with me.”
There are probably more pundits like Ryan who believe Curry has ruined basketball. However, the All-NBA guard’s life and career have gone too well for him to stress over someone else’s opinion.