Trainer’s Comments Are a Testament to Why Stephen Curry Is the Greatest Shooter of All Time

Published 10/23/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates against the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Stephen Curry is almost every expert’s choice as the greatest shooter of all time. In the last game against the Clippers, Curry dropped 45 points including a 25 point run in a single quarter. His performances set him up to higher and higher standards with every progressing season. And even with the higher expectations, he’s the most reliable one to deliver. This confidence in his abilities came with extreme training and hard work. But more than that, it was his competitive standards and desires to always improve that made him who he is.

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The amount of pressure that must be on the Warriors’ coaching staff and Curry’s personal trainer to keep up with his standards is assumably insane. Stephen Curry’s personal trainer Brandon Payne recently spoke to NBA.com’s Mark Medina about his experience while training Curry.

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Payne reveals how he kept up with the standards of Stephen Curry

While talking to NBA.com Brandon Payne revealed how he uses “a new wrinkle” to keep up with Curry’s lofty standards. He said, “Making shots in workouts is no longer good enough”. Consequently, he added, “We’ve established he’s going to make a lot of shots in workouts. He consistently does that. So for us, we’ve utilized technology to be even more precise.” Curry used shot-tracking technology to find that not all of his made baskets are created equal.

October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The system tracked the ball’s movement, arc, and how deep it went into the hoop every time Curry shot the ball. If the ball failed to drop from the center of the rim, they simply counted it as a missed shot. When Curry and Payne took shots off the dribble, they maintained the same standard and intensity.

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What does this mean for Curry and his trainers?

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Curry does not hesitate to admit it when he is not satisfied with his performance. Nevertheless, during training, the uncomfortable part of Payne’s job is to push him to be better than the best.

“I have to tell the greatest shooter that has ever lived that it’s not good enough.” Payne often said he told himself, “That’s Stephen Curry; should I be saying this to him?”

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It is understandable that he hesitates to tell the greatest shooter of all time that he needs to be better. As Curry’s ability is unparalleled on the court, is the root cause of his greatness the fact that he never settles?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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