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Stephen Curry Makes a Bizarre Wish to Experience Being Inside Shaquille O’Neal’s Body: “I Wanna Break Some Backboards”

Published 11/18/2023, 11:13 AM EST

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Stephen Curry will go down as one of the best shooters in the league mainly because of his ability to chef up clean 3-point shots. It’s not a secret that Steph wasn’t blessed with the best height as far as the NBA standards go, but his ability to make room for himself among swarming defenders and take his shots is what makes him great.

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With his immaculate skills and shooting form, every fan looks up to Steph and wants to be like him. But even a man like him is sometimes guilty of wishful thinking. And when asked if he would rather be physically dominating like Shaquille O’Neal or a high flyer like Michael Jordan or Dominique Wilkins, his deepest desire comes to light.

Steph wants to break the backboards every once in a while


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In an exclusive interview with the Dubs Talk podcast, Steph admits he would rather be physically dominant like Shaq because, in his words, “it’s just the opposite of my experience on the court“.

Steph is more of a long-range shooter, while Shaq, thanks to his strong build, was able to drive in and destroy defenders on the way. So, it is understandable when the Baby-Faced Assassin says, “I’ve seen the Shaq highlights, like, I wanna break some backboards every once in a while. That’d be fun.


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Shaq is notorious for breaking backboards throughout his career. Drawing on this, Steph says that he himself has dunked a “couple of times“, but he would love to experience a scenario where he can post up, and know that as soon as he catches the ball, the guy behind him has no chance. That, according to him, would be an “out-of-body experience.

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To be fair, the role of a point guard and that of a center is completely different, and Steph is already killing it as a PG so understandably if he can pull off what Shaq could, there will be no defender in the world that can stop him. So, we can say that the basketball gods did a favor with this one.

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Coming back to the regular season, the Warriors have been struggling to make a breakthrough, having won only six out of 13 games played so far. In the midst of this, Steph has been sidelined following a right knee injury that he sustained during the Warriors’ first game with the T-Wolves earlier this week. He is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Thunder.


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Written by:

Tsuktibenla T Jamir


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Tsuktibenla T Jamir is an NBA author at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Masters in Journalism from the prestigious Delhi School of Journalism, this Nagaland native combines her academic prowess with her passion for the game to craft compelling narratives that bring the NBA to life. She finds immense joy in dissecting the journeys of the athletes who make the game larger than life.
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