Shaquille O’Neal: “Back in Our Day, We Averaged 5 Threes a Game as a Team. Now All Teams Have Been 30. Stephen Curry Has Definitely Changed the Game”

Published 12/14/2021, 11:50 PM EST
Oct 15, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates his three-point buzzer beater against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The Golden State Warriors registered their 23rd win of the season at the Madison Square Garden as they beat the Knicks 105-96. Stephen Curry became the new three-point king as he broke Ray Allen’s all-time record. Curry led the scoring charts for the Warriors with 22 points with 5/14 from beyond the arc.

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Stephen Curry broke the record with just around 7 minutes left in the first quarter. He scored a 28-foot three-pointer, assisted by Andrew Wiggins to break the record. The Warriors quickly fouled for a time out so that the team could celebrate the moment. Even the Madison Square Garden gave him a standing ovation for his achievement. Later, he was hugged by the former all-time 3-point leader Ray Allen.

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a ball against Los Angeles Lakers center DeAndre Jordan (10) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Curry ended the game with five threes, taking his all-time tally to 2,977. Several current and former NBA stars have reacted to this achievement, with Shaquille O’Neal being the latest one to congratulate the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’.

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Shaquille O’Neal admits that Stephen Curry changed the game

Shaquille O’Neal recently appeared on ‘NBA on TNT’ and gave his take on Stephen Curry’s record-breaking moment. He admitted that Curry has changed the game and added that he’s anxious to see where can he reach by the end of his career.

“It was amazing to hear Reggie say that back in our day, we averaged 5 threes a game as a team. Now all teams have been 30. Steph has definitely changed the game,” Shaq said on ‘NBA on TNT’.

“Congratulations to him and his family. I’m anxious to see when he gets to 1300 games, what’s the number gonna be. That’s why I adamantly say that he still has 4-5-6 years left. By the time he’s done, his record will not be broken,” he added.

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Indeed, Curry’s record will be hard to break but nothing is impossible when it comes to the NBA. Many thought Ray Allen’s record might be it, but a new three-point legend arrived on the court and broke the record. The game is evolving and we might see more and more players attempting threes in the coming years.

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However, Curry is averaging 5.4 threes per game this season, which is the best of his career. He is scoring more threes than ever and we don’t know what his all-time score will be once he decides to retire. For now, just enjoy ‘Chef Curry’ and his magic on the court.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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