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How Steph found surprise inspiration from Spanish star

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There's only one Steph Curry. While the younger generation of basketball players tries to emulate the Warriors superstar, it's an impossible task to do. The two-time NBA MVP has changed the game, and has been compared to plenty of legends of the past along the way. 

Steve Nash has called Curry the "ultimate one-off" in the past when trying to come up with comparisons. Ironically, Curry has been compared to Nash, as well Pete Maravich, Jerry West and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. But what about a wizard with the ball in his hands who played just one season in the NBA? 

Prior to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Curry was asked if he could see any comparisons between he and EuroLeague legend Juan Carlos Navarro. It's clear Curry has turned on his tape before. 

"I played against him one time in international basketball and seen a lot of film," Curry said Sunday to reporters. "His creativity, his shot selection, his rhythm on the floor -- it jumps off the screen when you play against him. I've seen him take the one-footed 3s and the way he moved all around the floor, I learned a little of what I could implement into my game. I've tried the one-foot 3s a couple time, made a couple.

"Definitely some inspiration there, and any guy you can kind of see yourself in when you're out there on the floor you obviously pay attention to and there's an opportunity every time to expand your skill set by what you see other guys do. Definitely he's been on my radar for sure."

 

Navarro is one of just six players to be honored with the EuroLeague Basketball Legend Award. He retired in 2018 and FC Barcelona hung his No. 11 jersey in the rafters. Over his long international career, he won two EuroLeague titles, was named MVP once and won two silver medals for the Spanish National Team in the Olympics. 

It's his creativity and 3-point range that has seen EuroLeague fans create a comparison with Curry. 

Navarro spent the 2007-08 season with the Memphis Grizzlies where he averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range. 

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FC Barcelona fans see Navarro the way Warriors fans look at Curry. There's only one. No second creation, no imitation. 

Curry has taken little parts from a handful of legends as he continues to grow his own game. Adding Navarro's name to the list clearly isn't a bad idea, too.

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