NASA has a lesson plan ready for a skeptical Steph Curry.
Curry said on Monday's episode of the "Winging It Podcast" that he didn't think anyone had been to the moon, and now the federal agency responsible for sending people to the moon -- among other things -- wants to show Curry what's what. NASA invited the Warriors star to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston to see the litany of evidence that we've been to the moon.
"There's lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972. We'd love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said in a statement (via CNN). "We have hundreds of pounds of Moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see first-hand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we're doing now to go back to the Moon in the coming years, but this time to stay."
Curry should have plenty of time to tour NASA. The Warriors next play in Houston on March 13, three days after their previous game. The two-time MVP seemed to be a fan of the idea, at least based on his Twitter reaction.
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Curry also spoke with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami late Monday night, and expanded upon his lunar skepticism.
Curry met with some tech journalists (and me) late last night and was asked about the moon landing comment. He smiled and said: "Inquisitive minds ask inquisitive questions and obviously that's one that's very polarizing in terms of where you stand on that... (more)— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 11, 2018
More Curry: "But I've got a lot of interesting feedback from some ex-NASA astronauts that I'm planning on having a conversation with. So some good is going to come out of this, for sure."— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 11, 2018
Note: I'm 95% Curry was joking when he made the original remark on Kent Bazemore's podcast.
Maybe Curry was just playing the long game, and this is all really an elaborate effort to inform an American public that's increasingly prone to conspiracy theories, as dangerous ones have real-life consequences. If he really thinks the Moon landings were faked, though, Houston Rockets general manager Darryl Morey had a retort at the ready.
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We wouldn't bet on Morey to accompany Curry on a tour of Johnson Space Center in March. But if we could put people on the moon, that's gotta be doable, right?