Over the course of an NBA game, Steph Curry takes plenty of bumps and bruises. Defenders take any and all opportunities to knock the Warriors star off his path, and with good reason, as he’s terrorized schemes across the league for years with his limitless range and savvy with the basketball.
Fans long have clamored that Curry doesn’t get a lot of the whistles typically seen for a star in the NBA. One of his teammates this season, center Marquese Chriss, couldn’t agree more.
“I definitely think Steph deserves a lot more calls than he gets,” Chriss said on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “Runnin’ Plays” podcast. “It is what it is. He’s found a way to dominate without having to get refs, that’s the biggest thing.”
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Chriss seems to believe that Curry’s personality and interactions with officials on the court could be the reason he’s not going to the line as much as he’d expect.
“I think it’s that Steph is so nice man,” Chriss explained. “You don’t ever really see him explode, except for maybe like three times in the past five, six years. He’s too nice sometimes, it’s kind of like Mike Conley is, nobody really ever has a bad thing to say about Steph or has a bad thing to say about Mike.”
The two-time NBA MVP has continued to show that genuine sincerity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, uplifting not just his local community in the Bay Area but the entire world.
Only a few incidents come to mind in regards to Steph blowing up on NBA officials, Warriors reporter Logan Murdock mentions the incident in Memphis when Curry threw his mouthpiece in the direction of an official during a game against the Grizzlies in 2017.
Steph Curry throws mouthpiece at ref, gets ejected pic.twitter.com/HxxRAAkSab— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 22, 2017
There also was the situation in Minnesota back in 2017 when Curry skipped past an official and pointed at him after tying a game with less than a second remaining in Minnesota, after a shooting foul on Kevin Durant was deemed on the floor.
The last 5.8 seconds of Warriors-Timberwolves was absolutely wild. pic.twitter.com/hdGUFdeRRZ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2019
Nevertheless, Curry's reputation clearly isn't reflective of those few and far between incidents. He’ll likely continue to take a beating physically upon his return to the NBA next season.
Guess nice guys don't always finish last.