Stephen Curry recalls how hard it was for him to get valuable minutes in the first two seasons of his NBA career. Interestingly enough, the guy who was his biggest nemesis at the time was a player most fans don't even remember called Acie Law, who is long gone from the NBA.
It was tough the first two years
While making an appearance on Draymond Green's podcast, The Draymond Green Show, Stephen Curry reflected on the early years of his career when he was far from a well-known Hall of Famer and the best shooter of all time as he is right now. Back then, the Warriors were a troubling franchise with a lot of potential but a lack of structure and vision of where the team was going.
When Curry came into the NBA, most analysts thought he would be gone in a few years, and even he admitted the transition from college basketball to the pros was tougher than he anticipated. He recalled how he wasn't getting enough playing time and was fighting for minutes with a player called Acie Law, which not even the hard-core Warriors fans probably don't remember during his time with the franchise. Curry admits he couldn't figure him out and was even taking minutes from him, especially late in games.
"My second year in the league, Acie Law was the point guard in practice that I was going up against, and he was nice. He had such a unique game that I could never figure out. I was trying to come to my own as a player, and he was getting all the minutes. He was closing out the fourth quarter."
His first nemesis
Curry touched upon how building confidence and having the right opportunity means everything in the NBA. Obviously, you have to work hard and be patient because sooner or later, an opportunity will present itself, and it's up to you whether you will use it and, therefore, change your life.
"The league is funny because confidence is everything and opportunity is everything, and what you do when you get that opportunity can dictate your future. Its also about patience, and even though it's sometimes hard to go through that process but I went through it in my second year. I was getting benched in the fourth quarter. I honestly learned a lot, but it was a tough pill to swallow. It also motivated me and drove me, and when I did get that opportunity, I am that guy that can compete at the highest level in this league and close out games and be a dude that you can trust."
Even though both Curry and Acie knew they were competing against each other for minutes and position within the team, Curry remembers he always gave him advice when he needed it.
"Yeah, Acie is definitely a name that embodies that moment for me, and it's not disrespecting him, but that was the dude in front of me in terms of the opportunity, and to his credit, he was a great vet, and he was helping me throughout that process."
Years after this, it might seem strange that Curry had to battle for minutes with a player that hasn't been in the league for over a decade and is barely remembered by anyone. But, like many other players, Curry worked hard to master his craft and become what he is today, the best shooter of all time. No matter how talented most players are, they don't have an easy journey in the league, and Curry especially, but he was still able to understand the true path to greatness.