Basketball playoffs start Saturday, so I’m delighted to welcome back Guest Blogger, JESSE KLETT, to post about his passion: BASKETBALL. Jesse is a personal trainer at the West End YMCA and he loves writing about sports.
Haven’t heard the name Stephen Curry? Where have you been for the past eight months? Even my mother, not a sports enthusiast, asked me just the other day, “Who’s this Steph Curry guy?”
If you want to be up to speed, let me give you a brief rundown on the young man who has evolved into the hands-down best basketball player on the planet, and possibly the most skilled of all time.
He’s the point guard for the NBA reigning champion team, the Golden State Warriors. He is also the NBA’s reigning most valuable player. Standing at 6’3″ and 180 pounds, he’s neither the biggest nor most imposing player in the league, and nothing particularly athletic jumps out at you, either. What sets Stephen Curry apart from the rest is his craftiness with the basketball, his IQ on the court, and the fact that he has the most unstoppable shot ever.
In my lifetime of watching basketball, players like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and, most recently, Lebron James have dominated the game. Not to mention Michael Jordan, who was in his prime just before I started following the sport and who is still considered the best ever. All these stars had pretty amazing skill sets, all different but each with the ability to take over a game. Shaq, with his power at 7’ 0” and 325 pounds, was a monster near the net. Kobe and MJ had all-world ability and were very special athletes who could literally fly and, with cold blood, carry teams and make game-winning shots. Most recently, Lebron is one of the biggest, fastest and strongest players ever to grace a basketball court.
What sets Stephen Curry apart is his ability to dominate the game from over 30 feet away from the net, a skill which terrifies opposing teams. He can shoot the ball like no one ever before. How he moves on the court, how he dribbles the ball, and, of course, his world-famous jump shot are all simply magical. When I watch him, no matter how challenging the shot, I believe that it is going in. Most people would agree. It’s the efficiency of his shots, and the distance from which he shoots that is more than impressive. He’s shattered his previous record for three-pointers made in a season, a record which he has broken for three straight years. And who’s to say he’s not going to get better? He is changing the game before our eyes and it’s damn fun to watch.
Curry’s team just set a NBA record this season for most wins ever, a win-loss ratio of 73:9. This is one game better than Jordan’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. And Curry finished in style, scoring 10 three-pointers in the record-breaking game. To put his shooting greatness in perspective, this was the fourth time in 2016 alone that he has hit 10 or more three-pointers in a single game. No one else has hit 10 more than four times in their entire career. Curry is undoubtedly going to win his second consecutive MVP award and the Warriors are favourites to repeat again as Champions.
Nothing I say can do this man justice. He is simply astounding. To see what I’m talking about, even non-basketball fans might want to tune into the NBA playoffs that start tomorrow to watch Steph and his amazing team. You won’t be disappointed. Catch a preview on YouTube.