Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Curry’

Stephen Curry gets a taste of his own medicine in new Foot Locker ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we did a post about how athletes can occasionally be reticent to talk to the media, and we highlighted how a few teams used kids to get some of these guys to loosen up a bit. Well, in a new commercial for Kids Foot Locker, some kids do exactly the opposite to Golden State’s Stephen Curry. As Curry tries to talk to a couple of kids following a pick-up basketball run, these kids break out the same rote quotes we often hear from pro athletes following big games…

VIDEO: Curry Stonewall

Stephen Curry has been incredible this season

VIDEO: Curry cooks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, Stephen Curry was named the MVP of the NBA. He averaged almost 24 points per game, close to 8 assists per game, shot 44-percent from three-point land, and eventually led the Warriors to an NBA championship. Curry was just great, in every definition of the word, and played the best basketball we had ever seen him play.

And here’s a scary thought: This season? Curry has been even better.

Including last night’s win over the Clippers, through five games Curry is averaging 35.8 points per game, making 52-percent(!!) of his three-pointers, and dishing almost 6 assists per game. He not only takes shots we’ve been conditioned to believe are “bad” shots, he makes those shots. Check the video above. Or just look at this…

The thing is, we probably shouldn’t be surprised. Throughout his career, even going back to his college years, Curry has showed consistent improvement from season to season, sometimes by leaps and bounds, sometimes incremental. Either way, Curry is always moving forward. So after his incredible 2014-15 season, it may have been natural to assume that this was as good as Curry could get. He was playing, after all, at a level that seemed consistently incredible. Could he be any better?

Apparently, he could. And he can. And he is. Can he keep it up? Well, this level of play seems unsustainable, but then, the thought that Curry would ever even reach this level seemed improbable as recently as a week ago. But here we are.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Curry and the Warriors, it’s been incredible to watch.

Who is Stephen Curry?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season tipping off tonight, and with reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors hosting the Pelicans tonight (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET), there are probably more questions than answers right now. Which is why it makes sense that the game show “Jeopardy!” had an entire category dedicated to Curry last night.

How well do you know Curry? Here are the ques…er, here are the answers, with questions to follow…

$400 answer
Steph dishes out thank yous to cafeteria workers who he thinks made a special meal for him in an ad for this network.

$800 answer
When Steph is making an assist, AKA “dropping” this coin, he’s dishing it to someone else for the score.

$1,200 answer
If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with 10 points & 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat.

$1,600 answer
One of Steph’s best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Maverick big man, AKA the Dunking Deutschman.

Steph dished & dealt in the NCAA, leading this Southern state’s Davidson College to the Elite Eight.

$400: What is ESPN?
$800: What is a dime?
$1,200: What is a triple-double?
$1,600: Who is Dirk Nowitzki?
$2,000: What is North Carolina?

(via FTW)

NBA 2K16 simulation predicts Warriors repeat

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning the 2015 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015-16 NBA season tips off tonight, with the defending champion Warriors beginning their title defense against the Pelicans (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET). And while we don’t know for certain who will win the championship this season — it’s why we play the games!! — the people at 2K Sports tried to figure it out.

Last year they had the Warriors winning the NBA Finals over the Cavaliers in six games, which is exactly what happened.

Using the powerful engine that drives the popular NBA 2K16 video game, according to 2K the Warriors will repeat as NBA champs, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7 game series.

Other things the 2K season simulation predicted: Oklahoma City winning the West in the regular season; Chicago and Miami finishing second and third in the East; Kevin Durant winning MVP; Anthony Davis winning Defensive Player of the Year; D’Angelo Russell winning Rookie of the Year.

Andre Iguodala can still dunk (sometimes)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Our first stop on the Hang Time Road Trip — which airs tonight at 7 pm ET on NBA TV! — was a Golden State Warriors practice, where I ran into NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. This was an open practice, meaning the stands were full of fans, and the players were mostly trying to make the fans happy by trying dunks and trick shots.

I say mostly, because Iguodala wasn’t dunking at all. So during a break in the practice I asked what was up, and Andre explained that he was just too old and tired to dunk like he used to earlier in his career.

I bring this up because last night I was sitting on the couch watching the Warriors/Lakers preseason game on TNT, and toward the end of the third quarter, this happened…

VIDEO: Iguodala dunk

Impressive, right? Steph Curry threw that up from halfcourt, and Iguodala threw it down. It was impressive enough that I grabbed my phone and tweeted at Andre…

The next play? Oh, right. Maybe you had a point, Dre…

VIDEO: Iguodala misses

Steph Curry is giving out pre-emptive high fives

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Check out this video a fan shot at the Warriors/Raptors exhibition game. The Warriors have the ball on a fast break, and after the ball gets whipped around a bit, the ball ends up in the corner in the hands of Steph Curry. How good a shooter is Curry? Look closely, but it’s clear: As the ball leaves Curry’s hand, he turns and gives a high five to Andre Iguodala on the bench…while the ball is still in the air.

Hey, when you know it’s going in, you know…

Here’s another look at the shot:

Jeremy Lin explains how to fit in the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If this NBA thing doesn’t work out for Jeremy Lin — and for whatever it’s worth, it seems to be going just fine, thank you very much — perhaps Lin should look into a back-up career in the world of video. Because Lin sure does seem to enjoy, and be good at, making viral videos. And while the videos of him pranking people are always funny, this latest Youtube video is also great. Here Lin gets a little help from fellow NBA players like Stephen Curry, Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker, in this video about how to fit in the NBA…

VIDEO: Lin fits

Stephen Curry vs. Stephen Colbert

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late night host Stephen Cobert may spell his first name the same way as Golden State guard Stephen Curry, but they pronounce them differently, which is just one thing separating the two stars. Another issue? Auto-fill results on Google. So in order to settle this pressing issues, last night on the Late Show, Stephen challenged Stephen to a sock/laundry shoot-out.

VIDEO: Stephen vs Stephen

Stephen Curry attends Carolina Panthers home opener

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Carolina Panthers hosted their home opener yesterday, with a 24-17 win over the Houston Texans, running their start to 2-0 on the season. And to get the crowd fired up, the Panthers brought in the NBA’s reigning MVP, Golden State guard Stephen Curry, who grew up in North Carolina and is a big Panthers fan…

Steph Curry approves of Warriors consultant Steve Nash

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — News broke yesterday that the Golden State Warriors were in “advanced negotiations” to have former MVP Steve Nash join the champs as a part-time coach who will work with the Warriors guards. And not that Stephen Curry, the most-recent MVP, needs a lot of help, but Curry took to Instagram today to show his approval of the new hire…

Finally we get a decent coach around here….👀

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