A sea of yellow shirts covered the Oracle Arena. “Strength in numbers” embedded in royal blue print as the crowd chanted and screamed towards one small guy in the center of the court. Stephen Curry looks serene and quiet as he buried shots, three after three. No doubts and no hesitation, he got some ice on his veins. “MVP, MVP, MVP” as Stephen Curry cooly sank the two pressured pack free throws as the Golden State Warriors took game 1 against the stubborn Houston Rockets. There were no celebrations, no real facial expressions, the task is still at hand. Steph wants to play all the way till June. Houston is still finding ways to contain Curry, every defense that the Rockets guards gave him, he still sank basket after basket comfortably. Like an assassin – emotionless and unmerciful.
Steph isn’t gifted with an NBA ready body, he was undersize, not really quick and athletic, and his baby face and tiny frame body made him an easy target for opposing teams. He had to change and rebuild his shooting form when he was in his sophomore in high school. Because his technique, a flip chest shot, is easier to block by taller and quicker guards. He wasn’t heavily recruited on division 1 colleges, in fact, he wasn’t recruited at all. His dad, Dell Curry played in Virginia tech back in his college days wanted Steph to be a “walk-on” (Walk-on means that you are joining the sport without having been recruited out of high school). Instead Steph signed with Davidson, a small college school that hasn’t won any NCAA tournament game for 40 years. He took Davidson to greater heights and lost by two points to the eventual champions Kansas in 2008. After his junior year, Steph declared his intentions to go a step higher and play in the NBA. Yet, people continued to doubt him. How would he fare up with Russell Westbrook’s quickness? Can he handle taller point guards who will post him up? He is more of a tweener (tweener means having no original position, in Steph’s case he can be a point guard or a shooting guard, either way he is still undersized). With all the adversities and doubts, one thing was constant in Steph – he keeps in making people eat their words.
Basketball is not about carrying a 6-foot-8 height and packing 200 plus pounds, it’s still all about skills. It’s not about how good your shooting form is, it’s about making the shot. All those critics, all those doubts, all those adversities, for Curry, it’s just noise, he can mentally shut it up and go to work.
Strength in numbers, but one jersey number stood out – 30. Merciless, dagger after dagger breaking the hearts, no emotions and no celebrations. The NBA’s MVP and the baby face assassin is out on a mission.
This time, nobody doubts him.