‘Earned the Complete License’: Stephen Curry’s College Coach Reveals Why He Always Got the Green Light to Shoot However he Wanted

Published 12/18/2021, 10:38 PM EST
Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


It is widely acknowledged that Stephen Curry is the greatest three-pointer shooter to ever step into the NBA. We knew this before, and after he surpassed Ray Allen’s record for three-pointers – it was unquestionable. He will, forever, be one of the biggest reasons behind revolutionizing the game. His head coach from college has quite an analogy for the way he plays.

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Bob McKillop told in a recent interview that from the college itself, Curry had earned the right to shoot three’s the way he pleased. However, there was a reason why only Curry got that liberty.

Stephen Curry was granted the license

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Before Curry was drafted as the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, there was one person who was aware of his potential for a long time. His coach at Davidson College had eyes on him even when he was in high school. Unlike others, who underappreciated him because of his physical appearance, Bob McKillop only saw a superstar.

Now that Curry has added another impressive accolade to his resume, here’s what McKillop had to say about it.

“We have the craziest philosophy,” he said, “That shooting a three, you have to have a license for it, just like you have to have a license to drive. And you earn your license by performing at practice. Some guys have restricted licenses, some have revoked licenses, and some have complete licenses.”

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“And Steph earned the complete license right away because of his ability to shoot it, is made to challenge your drills in which you’re going in live-action. Not just standing there and shooting jumpers. You’re actually coming off a move and you see, as you’ve watched him work out and I have watched him work out many times in his NBA career, he does the replication of the exact movements he’s going to do in the game. And he does it from an extraordinary number of angles.”

Is the Warriors superstar not any different from a Broadway dancer?

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Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

McKillop did not just stop there. He even went as far as comparing Curry to a broadway dancer.

The Golden State Warriors superstar is having a historic season, and taking the franchise to an iconic run as well. Not only do they have the best record in the league, but they are also doing it without Klay Thompson.

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Well, Curry did a great job at silencing his critics. There is a lot left to unfold in this season. How much more is the 33-year-old going to continue to impress us with his three-point shooting? Only time will tell.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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