How Steph Curry showed Vince Carter future greatness as young kid

How Steph Curry showed Vince Carter future greatness as young kid

Steph Curry has become an NBA megastar over the last six years, winning three titles and two MVPs while taking over the throne as the greatest shooter in NBA history.

None of that is much of a surprise to Vince Carter. Carter played with Steph's father, Dell Curry, on the Toronto Raptors from 1999 through 2002. Steph and his younger brother Seth always were hanging with their dad, and Carter could tell the NBA was in Steph's future while playing 1-on-1 against an 11-year-old Steph.

"Every day he was there," Carter told Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson about Steph. "Just on the sideline, with a ball. And I'll say Seth as well. They were both just gym rats. They love the game. You could see the appreciation for the game and the dedication. They were always working on their shot. He had a nice follow through then. It's like he's destined to be an NBA player. One, being around it and two, just the work they put in on their own. And, of course, dad was a pretty decent shooter himself, so figured something close to that would come for both his kids. But before every home game, after my workout, Steph and I would play 1-on-1."

"After every workout, you'd see him on the sideline working on his shot like, 'You ready?'" Carter recalled. "Then we'd go at it and we'd play. That's what it was. You could see that as the year went on, he started getting confidence, finally figuring out ways to get his shot off. It got to the point where I'd need to block the shot because I don't want him thinking he could beat me. For him, people would think, 'Oh this is a fun game.' But for him, he's learning how to get his shot off against taller guys, older guys, working on the quickness of the shot, which any college player will tell you now how important it is to be able to get your shot off half a second quicker than you used to because of the quickness of the NBA. It matters. I think him getting the repetitions for 41 professional games was paramount for him."

One of the benefits of having a father in the NBA is you get to test your skills against a young Vince Carter. There's no doubt that being around the NBA on a daily basis helped prepare Curry for a life in the league. Forty-one matchups against a future Hall of Famer like Carter certainly helped elevate his game at a young age as well.

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The rest is history for Carter and Curry. Carter just wrapped up a 22-year NBA career that saw him make eight All-Star teams and score 25,728 points. He's almost certainly ticketed for a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Curry spent the past season nursing a broken left hand suffered in the fourth game of the season. While he and Klay Thompson were out with injuries, the Warriors sunk to the bottom of the NBA. But with the championship core rested and healthy next season, the Warriors should be primed for a march back to the top of the NBA.

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Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

Seth Curry has gotten accustomed to watching his brother Steph make deep runs in the NBA playoffs year after year, as the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals in each of the past five seasons.

But 2019-20 saw the script flipped for the Curry family, as Seth and his Dallas Mavericks will be among the eight Western Conference teams in the 2019-20 playoffs, while Steph and Golden State finished at the bottom of the West standings, going 15-50 before the NBA's suspension of the season in March.

“For most of my career, I’m usually the one who’s been home watching Steph late in the season,” Seth told the New York Times' Marc Stein. “Now it’s the other way around and I’m still at work. I can tell it’s a little tough on him.”

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Steph did tell Stein that he's felt a bit of "FOMO" about the Warriors not being among the 22 NBA teams initially chosen to play in the NBA's restart in Orlando, Fla.

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO (fear of missing out),” he told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Sunday night. "Once you see Bron (LeBron James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and P.G. (Paul George) go at it, and you remember how much fun it is to play in those types of games and that kind of level, you miss it badly."

The two-time NBA MVP played in just five games this season after breaking his hand early in the season, and with fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missing the entire season while rehabbing from a torn ACL, there wasn't much hope for a return to the NBA Finals this season.

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Hypothetically getting nine months to recover before the 2020-21 season will be critical for Thompson and Curry after so many extra playoff games over the past five years.

It's not surprising that the hyper-competitive Steph would be a bit jealous of his brother, but he also told Stein he could see himself trekking to Orlando with his family to watch Seth and the Mavericks if they can advance out of the first round of the playoffs.