Records are made to be broken.
And just as Steph Curry will break Ray Allen’s NBA all-time 3-pointers record in due time—perhaps as soon as Wednesday’s game with the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chase Center—someone will break Curry’s record.
Of course, Curry would add hundreds more 3-pointers to the existing record of 2,973. Maybe even thousands. At 33 years old, he is playing the best basketball of his career and shooting more 3-pointers than ever before.
Regardless, the record won’t stand forever. Perhaps the person who breaks his record – no matter where he ends up – hasn’t even been born yet. But it will fall
Curry’s status as the greatest shooter of all time can’t go down with it.
That’s because curry is not only scrumptious, but also scrumptious.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers summed it up best in a recent interview on local sports talk radio station KNBR:
“Maya Angelou has a great quote, she says ‘People will forget what you did, they’ll forget what you said, but they won’t forget how you made them feel,'” Myers said.
“As far as how he makes people feel, tell me someone who makes people perception more.”
Everyone in the NBA is shooting 3-pointers these days. You can blame Curry for this. Some in the league even try to match Curry’s playing style. Even more pipelines will come down.
But no one is as entertaining as number 30.
And the way he has made us feel – not just about the 3-point shot, but the game itself – and the joy he has provided is a legacy that will last longer than any record, even that this too.
Curry is a phenomenon, and America’s fascination with his unique style of basketball began even before he entered the NBA.
You can be honest: had you ever heard of Davidson College before Curry called the Wildcats a must-see TV in March of 2008? Curry scored 40 points against Gonzaga in the first round of that year’s NCAA Tournament. Then he dropped 30 on Georgetown. Another 33 for Wisconsin. It wasn’t until he ran into Kansas and it was a 25-point night that Davidson’s incredible run was halted.
But Curry put himself on the map.
Much thought Curry’s NCAA run was a short-lived moment for a sharpshooting kid from a small school. It was fun, but to be a game-changer, you have to be big, strong and fast.
Curry was none of the above.
But more than a decade later, Curry is still oozing fun on a level no one can match.
The game is more aesthetically pleasing because of the curry. Say what you will about the 3-point shot, but it has created a more open, athletic game.
It is more inclusive because of the curry. If you can dribble and shoot, you have space. The biggest and strongest still dominate, but skill is the most important attribute a basketball player can have these days.
In short, the game is strong because of Curry and all his 3-pointers.
What is most surprising to me?
The Warriors guard took the certainty of basketball and made it unreal.
Ask anyone from a few years ago what was more exciting – a dunk or a 3-point shot? — and nine out of 10 respondents would have said “sting”.
Now? It’s 50-50 at best. Honestly, the 3-pointer could win.
It is that moment of anticipation with the 3-pointer that makes it so captivating. As the ball flies through the air, that’s enough time to think “Is it going in?”
Games are inherently meaningless, so we create meaning by anchoring. Everything in the game is the expectations going against the reality.
What did you think was going to happen? What happened? Express displeasure or joy accordingly.
And Curry challenges fans, broadcasters, defenders and coaches (even his own) in a way that no one has and has never had before.
Curry may have the fastest shooting stroke in the game, but too often, his shot becomes unbalanced and out of rhythm. His ability to handle the ball allows him to reach anywhere on the floor, but because he is often the shortest player on the court, he is making shots that look like frustration.
Even after more than a decade, there’s still a streak of skepticism in so many of Curry’s shots.
He’s 30 feet away, his shoulders are crooked, and his window is too small to shoot.
There’s no way that such a shot would go in, you think, because he makes an effort that no one else in the league would dare to take.
And yet, almost as often as not, it rips through the net, creating a unique sound for No. 30.
What else can you do other than be happy? How many times have you just laughed watching Curry – a father of three kids earning over half a million per game – play this game?
Days after Kansas triple-teamed Curry and a Davidson teammate missed a last-second 3-pointer to send the Wildcats into the Final Four, Curry went on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.
“It’s been the biggest three weeks of my life. I’ve been on a ride and I’ll ride it for as long as I can,” Curry told the talk show host.
Coming in fourteen years later, it’s fair to say that Curry is still on the ride.
There have been some obstacles along the way. Early struggles, injuries, and post-season heartbreak, but also two MVPs (one unanimous), the greatest regular season ever, three titles, and a spot as one of the greatest players of all time.
We’ve been lucky enough to be together for the ride as well.
And the best part: It’s almost never done.