‘Stephen Curry Has Made the Game Fun for People Who Aren’t Tall’: Kobe Bryant’s Former Teammate Makes Cryptic Comments on Warriors’ 3 Point God

Published 06/16/2022, 12:30 PM EDT
Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during game two of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Back in the old era of basketball, size was a huge factor for any player. The game was ruled by the big men and smaller guards had almost no shot at making it. However, over the years, the NBA has transitioned into a league dominated by the guard spot. And Stephen Curry has been the spearhead of this revolution. During an interview, Salley made a confusing comment on the Baby Face Assassin saying he has made the game fun for shorter people.

The current NBA era is all dictated due to the emergence of a player like Curry. Playing as a point guard, his perimeter supremacy changed the game forever. The three-pointers in the league keep increasing, and there seems to be no stop in the near future.

Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts during warm ups before game one of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Even the centers have developed a smooth jump shot which is far from what the old era centers were meant to do. But another major thing Steph has been able to do is to give hope to the ones who didn’t get blessed with size.

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And four-time NBA champion John Salley spoke about how the Chef has been able to do this.

Stephen Curry  breaking stereotypes

Standing at just 6’2″, Curry isn’t among the tallest NBA players in the league. On the court, he isn’t one to overwhelm an opponent physically. But the former MVP has mastered one of the most basic skills in basketball like no other player has ever achieved. Owning almost every three-point record in the league, Steph didn’t let his size dictate his destiny. Moreover, according to Salley, he made the game fun because everyone can do what Steph does.

Salley said: “Steph Curry has made the game fun for people who aren’t tall. Because look where he is shooting the ball from. Everybody can throw the ball up to the rim. Maybe not get it to go in as efficiently as he does but the game is back to being a regular-sized game.”

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Despite being a smaller guard, Curry found a way to make it into an advantage. As a relatively smaller player on the court, Steph is much faster than the bigger guys. He is able to fight off the screens and get to his spot with ease. Notably, he has become the focal point of the Warriors’ offense despite being a perimeter threat.

Moreover, it makes it harder for the defenders as there is no room for error. Even a little space is enough f the Baby Face Assassin to hit a dagger right in someone’s face. Hence, with Salley’s comments, Curry has found a way to make the game a lot fair for smaller guys.

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Currently looking to win his 4th title, Curry is putting up unreal numbers against the best defense in basketball. Averaging over 30 points per game to go with nearly 5 assists, Steph is the favorite to win Finals MVP. And with Game 6 only one day away, the three-point king will be hungry for his crown.

Do you think Curry is the most skilled player when it comes to size? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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