“I Didn’t Tell Y’all To Shoot That Shot” | Steph Curry Says Don’t Blame Him For All The Bad Basketball We’re Witnessing

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Golden State Warriors superstar and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry is tired of being blamed for players everywhere taking bad shots. Yes, plenty of the shots that Curry takes are considered bad by traditional standards, but he’s no average basketball player. He’s considered the greatest shooter that ever lived.

In an interview with The Players’ Tribune via the “Knuckleheads” podcast, Curry talked about how folks consistently tag him in videos of bad shots being taken on the court. Insinuating that Curry is to blame for basketball culture’s infatuation with the three-point shot. 

“I’m gonna use this moment to get on my soapbox and … stop tagging me in all these horrible basketball clips of people taking bad shots, telling me I ruined the game. I did not tell y’all to shoot that shot.
“I did not say shoot that shot. It’s tagging left and right, and left and right, like, ‘Yo, you’ve ruined the game. Thanks, Steph.’”


Curry Has Revolutionized The Game Of Basketball: Stephortlessly and Stephiciently

The former under-recruited Davison Wildcat has ascended to become one of the revolutionary and most influential players to grace the hardwood. His sniper-like approach has earned him the nickname “Baby-Faced assassin.” Or you can call him “Chef” because he stays cooking from deep. 

Curry and his sharp-shooting wingman Klay Thompson have made the Golden State Warriors three-time NBA champions and must-see-TV. The two marksmen were given the nickname “Splash Brothers,” by ESPN/ABC analyst and former coach Mark Jackson.

Back in January, Curry did an interview with The Athletic where talked about this very subject.

“I’ll get tagged on something on social media like, ‘You ruined the game.’ 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 fun to play, and it’s dope to know that everybody feels an attachment to it. People are going to talk (expletive). Hate and love and criticism and celebration — everything. That’s why I stay so even keel.”

Iconic sportswriter Bob Ryan is one who isn’t too fond of what Curry’s influence has done to the game of basketball. In a piece he wrote for The Boston Globe, Ryan says Curry has distorted the game at every level. Teams used to get layups and dunks and fast breaks, now everyone stops at the three-point line, jacking three after three, and he believes Curry is to blame.

“What Mr. Curry has done is expand the concept of a legitimate, makeable three. He can shoot it with remarkable accuracy from three? four? five? However, many feet behind 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 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 behind 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.”

Curry Owns The Three-Point Record: He Does It In Many Ways

Curry isn’t a one-trick pony of the catch-and-shoot variety, he excels at shooting the three off the dribble, coming off screens, and the aforementioned catch and shoot. That combined with his unlimited marksman-like range. The 33-year-old recently broke Ray Allen’s long-standing three-point record.

This season Curry is shooting 37.6 percent from deep, the lowest of his career. To never have a season where he shot below 40 percent is a credit to his work ethic and greatness.

Currently is sitting at 3,082 threes made, and still with plenty left in the tank, it’s not that farfetched to say he could end up with over 4,500 threes made in his career.

Coaches need to stop allowing players to take those type of shots as well. Just because players see it, doesn’t mean they can emulate it. There was no emulating Michael Jordan (although Kobe came damn close), so don’t try to do it with Wardell II.

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