Whenever Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry — regarded as the greatest shooter of all time — is in a mighty slump, the whole basketball world goes on a frenzy. They can’t believe that the man who single-handedly changed the game can shoot subpar numbers for several games. From their amateur observations, they believe that Curry’s struggles are directly correlated to his more muscular physique. The two-time MVP has heard these suggestions and finally settled the score.
Speaking with Grant Liffman on the NBC Sports Bay Area’s Dubs Talk podcast, Curry talked about his shooting slump from January to mid-February. Liffman brought up fans’ suggestions on Twitter that he might be becoming too buff for his own good.. Liffman jokes that there are a lot of shooting coaches on social media who are closely analyzing Curry’s mechanics.
The three-time NBA champion admits to entertaining himself through such tweets. Though he isn’t necessarily taking their advice. Curry knows his body more than anyone. And he shares the exact reason why he’s been staying in the weight room a little bit longer.
Grant Liffman: It’s not that you’re too buff?
Stephen Curry: That’s a good one. ‘I need to get out of the weight room.’ ‘I’m too swole (sic).’ That’s like a backhanded compliment. I don’t even know how to take that. It’s like, Thank you? I don’t know how to approach that one. I’m really working on my body, making sure I can withstand the physicality. At this stage of my career, that’s a big piece of me being efficient. It has nothing to do with my shooting.
Tom Brady's experience
Curry just turned 34-years-old. It’s young by world standards, but he’s treated as a grandpa in professional sports. Someone’s probably close by waiting to hand Curry his crutches. The Davidson product is no stranger to these realities. Last year, the Warriors guard admitted to speaking with Tom Brady — the legendary quarterback who recently declared he’s not retiring just yet.
“Absolutely. I’ve actually talked to him, personally, about this. He’s at the point now where he can look back and talk about that with some authority and experience.
“But even he said, in the moment, when he was in his early-30s, mid-30s, late-30s, it was always, ‘I think I’ve still got two more years in me. Stay. Do everything I can to sustain yourself and stay physically and mentally sharp.’ And then you look up and you’re saying that again, saying it the next two years. And you’re saying it again,” Curry said, per NBC Sports.
Last year, Curry inked a massive four-year extension worth $215 million. This means that he’ll be donning the Warriors jersey up until he’s 37-years-old. It’s impossible to gauge what would happen from now up until then. Will Curry continue changing the landscape of the NBA? Will he have more championship rings on his finger by then? Will he reach 4,000 career 3-pointers? Whatever the case may be, there’s no denying that Curry wants to remain at the pinnacle as long as he can. The best part is, he’s perfectly capable of doing it.