Steph Curry and Mike Conley have a lot in common.
Both are point guards in the NBA. Both have fathers who were professional athletes -- Dell Curry had a 16-year NBA career while Mike Conley Sr. was an Olympic sprinter -- and both love to golf.
Unlike Curry, who started golfing when he was 10 years old, Conley didn't pick up the sport until he was 21. He did, however, think he had the Warriors superstar beat on the links one day. Conley, like so many others, learned a tough lesson from Curry.
“I thought I was going to beat Steph one time,” Conley said to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I played with him and Chris Paul down in Vegas one summer. I felt like through 10 holes, I was right there, tied with Steph. Then I had a blowup on the 12th and he just kept steady with birdies with pars. Then I just went double bogey and just went away.
"But I was with him right there.”
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The same words have been echoed time and time again with Curry on a basketball court, too. Opposing defenders think they're right there with him, and then ... he nails a 3-pointer right in your eyes.
Curry only played five games this season after fracturing his hand and then falling ill upon his return. He didn't play against Conley's Utah Jazz, but the two have squared off plenty of times throughout their careers. The Warriors eliminated Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2015 Western Conference semifinals in six games. Curry averaged 24.5 points per game in that series, and Conley averaged 13.4 points.
Curry's love for golf is well documented. He has played with President Barack Obama and announced in August 2019 that he will be funding the Howard University golf teams for the next six years. The two-time MVP also is a hopeful for the next iteration of "The Match."
Conley knows, too, if Curry does participate in "The Match 3," nobody should count him out.