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“I would never take 35-foot 3-pointers with 17 seconds on the shot clock” — Dell Curry adds an asterisk to the fact Steph is a better shooter

Dell doesn't deny Steph is the best shooter ever, but despite being a proud father, the competitor in him had to throw in a subtle jab.
Dell Curry and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

Dell Curry and Stephen Curry

Dell Curry played most of his prime years in the late 80s and the 90s. As we can all remember, that era was way different from today’s game. Back then, 3-point shooters shot threes from 22 feet away, the exact distance between the rim and the 3-point line. Unlike now, when a lot of shooters launch it from 30 to 40 feet on a regular basis. And Dell is well aware that his son and Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is the king of that.

Like father, NOT like son

As a former 3-point specialist, Dell knows the Xs and the Os of shooting treys. Steph followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a lethal 3-point shooter as well. Therefore, comparisons are inevitable.

However, Dell said he couldn’t even remember when exactly Steph surpassed him in their line of work. But one thing they both know is that it happened a while ago.

Oh, we’re past that point. He’s definitely better than I was,” Dell told GQ of Steph in 2016.

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Despite admitting his son was a better three-pointer shooter, Dell also took into account that they played in two different eras, so the things he honed in his 3-point game weren’t the same as Steph’s. Especially those wild “35-footers.”

I had a two-dribble limit. He’s probably best off the dribble,” Dell continued. “His range is definitely farther than mine was. But it’s a different NBA. I would never take 35-foot three-pointers with 17 seconds on the shot clock. So it’s a different game, and he plays with a team and a coach that allows him to play that freely.

A proud dad

Regardless of their differences, Dell, like any other father, is very proud of what his son has accomplished. As much as he credits his hard work as a former player, Dell admitted Steph did it better and his son’s greatness makes him a fan too.

It’s a lot more joy. As a father, you’re so proud, especially as an ex-player, knowing how hard it is to get to that level, to stay that consistent,” Dell said. “Now he’s the guy on the scouting report that everybody’s trying to stop, and he’s still able to do what he does. It’s unbelievable, kind of surreal for your son to follow his father’s footsteps, but to do it at the level that he’s been at... Yeah. I’m amazed just like everybody else when I watch him play.

As it stands, Steph could be on course to achieving more as a player. And make no mistake, Dell will be there to support his son.

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