Warriors' Steph Curry breaks down art of draining half-court shots

Warriors' Steph Curry breaks down art of draining half-court shots

Steph Curry has mastered the art of the deep 3-pointer.

Whether he's in front of, or behind, the half-court line, defenders can't afford to stary far from the Warriors star with the ball in his hands. Curry said Friday on "Warriors Pregame Live" that he practices deep 3-pointers "all the time," and the key to hitting such long shots with regularity is maintaining consistency in his shooting form. 

"If you looked at it from the waist up, it's pretty much the same," Curry said Friday, breaking down a buzzer-beating half-court shot against the Jazz from 2016. "My momentum's obviously going full-court, dribbling where you're getting your momentum so you can have that range, but everything above the shoulder is pretty much the same as it is on a standstill jumper. You try to have the same release point, but the footwork's a little different and your momentum is obviously carrying you down the floor, so that's where you gotta have a little touch at that point."

Curry made an NBA-leading 62 3-pointers from at least 28 feet last season, hitting on 37.6 percent of said shots. He also took over half of his shots within two seconds of receiving the ball, according to NBA.com. 

NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Chris Mullin credited Curry's ability to ensure his shot is always "coming out of the pocket," and Curry explained to the Basketball Hall of Famer how he's able to quickly release the ball.

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"That's [being] shot-ready, no matter what it is," Curry said. "Like you know, if you're [in a] catch-and-shoot and you're spacing the floor, you kind of have your position ready. Your hands -- we call it 10 fingers, 10 toes towards the ball -- but if I have the ball in my hands and I'm dribbling, there's always an athletic position that you're in, that you're kind of able to shoot out of, at least."

Curry's methodology sounds simple enough, but your results just might differ if you try to replicate it. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Draymond Green might not be rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but one other prominent member of the Warriors’ organization will be.

Coach Steve Kerr delivered a message via social media on Friday, wishing the Niners well as they prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.

"I just wanna say good luck to the 49ers," Kerr said. "Everybody's pulling for you guys, let's go."

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Draymond said after shootaround on Friday that he’ll be rooting for the Chiefs, whose roster features his close friend, defensive end Frank Clark.

Both Kerr and Green happen to know a thing or two about winning championships, but only one of them will be happy with the result from Miami.

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein walked out of shootaround, down a long corridor that leads to the Warriors' locker room in Chase Center late Friday morning in preparation for a game scheduled hours later against the Indiana Pacers. The trek marked the big man's last as a member of Golden State.

By Saturday morning, Cauley-Stein officially was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Utah Jazz's second-round draft pick in 2020, ending his short tenure in the Bay Area. Along the way, the Warriors set themselves up for future flexibility. 

In the immediate aftermath, the Warriors shed Cauley-Stein's current $2.17 million salary and his $2.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, while freeing up an open roster spot for this season and beyond. From a financial perspective, it sank Golden State $2.57 million below the hard cap, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Additionally, the Warriors have enough salary space to convert the two-way deals of either Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss. 

Six months ago, Cauley-Stein came to Warriors in search of career revitalization. After four years in Sacramento, he demanded that the Kings rescind his qualifying offer to make him a free agent last summer. After garnering more lucrative offers from other teams, he chose to sign a one-year contract with Golden State, which included the player option. With a new contract, the center hoped to keep the Warriors' postseason streak alive while earning a payday next summer. 

However, those wishes didn't come to fruition. A week before training camp, Cauley-Stein sprained his foot, causing the center to miss the first month of the season. His injury, coupled with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney missing significant time, led to a lost season for the big man.

Nonetheless, Cauley-Stein expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long term, citing his relationship with coach Steve Kerr. 

"He wants to build a relationship with you," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I think, in the past I hadn't had a relationship with my coach. [Former Kings coach Dave] Joerger, me and him had a pretty good rapport, pretty good, like cordial, but we never had like in-depth conversations about life and stuff like that, and the first couple of conversations I had with coach Kerr was real-life stuff and that hit home with me like, 'Damn, he really tried to get to know me.' "

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Unfortunately for Cauley-Stein, he won't get to continue that relationship with Kerr.

Now, with Dallas in need of a center with the loss of Dwight Powell, his hope to find a similar relationship with Rick Carlisle will immediately start in a Mavericks uniform.