All athletes need motivation to be successful, whether it be internal or external. For Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he’s had more than enough motivation to succeed in the NBA. He’s become the greatest shooter in league history, changing the game into 3-point marksmanship and saucy handles.
Stephen Curry continues to cause headaches for opposing defenses, averaging 27.7 points per game this season. He’s had to hear criticisms for his entire career but those words don’t shake him. According to one of his former teammates, the negative comments actually fuel him when he’s having an off day.
Stephen Curry is climbing the 3-point list
The NBA league was entirely different when the Warriors selected Curry with the No. 7 overall pick. Things were more physical, and the 3-point shot was seen as a luxury, not a necessary shot on offense. There were many questions if Curry could handle the physicality of the game given his frail frame. Curry didn’t handle the game; he changed it.
Curry has lit the league on fire with his 3-point sniper abilities. In seasons where he played 55 or more games, he’s shot at least 40% from three-point range, per ESPN. It’s not the typical 3-pointers that makes Curry such a lethal scorer. It is the distance of his shots that are even more remarkable. He has made shooting from 30 feet out normal and shooting from the logo a casual heat check.
Curry has made a mad dash to the top of the all-time 3-pointers made list throughout his career. Against the Utah Jazz, he passed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller for second place on the list. Curry has managed to make as many 3-pointers as Miller in fewer games. It took Miller 1,389 games to make 2,560 3-pointers. It only took Curry 715 games.
The only person in front of Curry now is Ray Allen with 2,973. Curry currently makes about four 3’s a game, so he should get to Allen in about 100 games.
Curry is such a marksman from 3-point range; it isn’t often you see him have a bad game. When he is having an off night shooting the ball, or just a bad night overall, one of his former teammates said Curry looks at his phone for a boost. Just not the way many expect.
Steph Curry checks his social media at halftime
When players have a terrible performance, they might do something during halftime to get them going. Some players change shoes, while others might eat something or play a specific tune. For Stephen Curry, he likes to read all the hate on social media. At least that’s what his former teammate Andrew Bogut said on his Rogue Bogues podcast.
“He’ll check his mentions at halftime when he has a bad half. It’s the craziest sh-t I ever saw,” Bogut said per CBS Sports. “Yeah, Steph, if he had a bad half, he would go on social media and then come out and drop 30 [in the second half].”
The Warriors have been known for the third quarter avalanches over the past few years. They have been one of the best teams after the half, burying teams within the first six minutes of the third quarter. Knowing that Curry checks the commentary on social media might prevent people from talking about his play if their team is on the other side.
Curry is one of the more comfortable players in the NBA. He knows who he is and doesn’t mind showing a little pettiness when necessary. What would only make this better is if Curry replied to the negative comments during the half. Saying Curry is trash, then having him respond to you and dropping a 30 piece would be the best way to shut up a heckling fan on socials.
What is Stephen Curry’s place in Golden State Warriors History?
The Golden State Warriors have had some memorable moments with some memorable teams. Who can forget the “We Believe” crew who took down the top-seeded Mavs in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. That team had Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Josh Richardson, and Monte Ellis. Even in 2021, that squad is still remembered as the greatest underdog team, perhaps in all of sports.
Curry has been a part of some special Warrior teams. The team that set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins, only to lose in the NBA Finals while having a 3-1 lead. He also was a part of the older teams when he and Monta Ellis were a sizzling backcourt duo. Obviously, the team with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green come to mind first. With this being his twelfth season with the Warriors, Curry is a franchise legend.
The impact Curry has had on the Warriors can’t be measured. He has catapulted the team into being one of the great organizations in the league. He’s been active in the community with his charitable efforts, which makes him more loved. His on floor production is the icing on the cake, bringing the team three championships. It’s fair to say when people think of the Warriors; Curry is their first thought.
If people approached social media negativity like Stephen Curry, the world would be a more motivating place. Knowing he actually sees and feeds off social media’s negativity should be a warning to trolls and hecklers. Don’t let Curry see your post, or he could erupt and burn whatever team you cheer for to the ground.