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Warriors' Stephen Curry to debut 'Curry 6' shoe Wednesday vs. Raptors

Warriors' Stephen Curry to debut 'Curry 6' shoe Wednesday vs. Raptors

The newest iteration of Stephen Curry's signature shoe -- the Curry 6 -- was unveiled Tuesday and, good news, you won't have to wait long to see the Warriors' star point guard wear them in action.

Curry will debut the 6's on Wednesday, when Golden State hosts the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.

The new signature shoe was showcased at an exclusive event at the Rakuten Performance Center Tuesday night, in which a select group of influencers and media were invited to get a first look at Under Armour's newest creation.

Upon entering the room, the influencers found their seats, each adorned with jerseys featuring the number '10' in the front, and Curry's number '30' on the back.

Why 10?

Believe it or not, this is Curry's 10th year in Golden State. Time flies when you're having fun.

"10 in the Town" was the overall theme of the event, and the jerseys were just the beginning of its application.

The shoe itself was an ode to it.

As Curry and Under Armour's Senior Footwear Designer Leon Gu unveiled the shoe directly in front of a mural featuring Oakland's Fox Theater, the story behind its' creation came into clearer view.

"This is inspired by the Fox Theater marquee, right down the street," Curry explained. "This is something that's very iconic in the city of Oakland, and I wanted to pay homage to how much the city of Oakland has embraced me."

The colors of the shoe are intended to represent the various members of the Oakland community that Curry has come into contact with over his decade with the Warriors that, as he says, "have moved the needle in terms of representing Oakland on the local and national stage."

But upon turning the shoe over, some Easter eggs personal to Curry's evolution into a basketball superstar are revealed.

For instance, the entire bottom of the shoe is covered with a stucco pattern, a reference to the stucco-covered house in Charlotte, North Carolina in which Curry grew up and learned how to play the game of basketball as a child.

"Every time I put the shoe on, I'll go back to memories of learning the game, to where I've gotten to now," Curry said in explaining the material's significance.

Directly upon the stucco, in the arch of the foot, is yet another Easter egg -- a piece of textured, circular, yellow plastic, intended to represent the ceiling of Oracle Arena -- the location of three NBA Championship banners which Curry helped raise.

"This is our last year in Oakland, so we wanted to pay homage to Oracle Arena ... the place where I've been able to call home the last 10 years," Curry said.

But just like the Curry on the court, his newest shoe isn't purely flash; it's equal parts function, as well.

All elements of the Curry 6 were designed with Curry's specific needs in mind, from the new "Hover" technology that will provide cushion and stability, to the textured heel-to-toe plate on the shoe's bottom that will aid in responsiveness and traction.

Last season, Curry ran an average of 2.41 miles per game per NBA.com/stats -- a further distance than 95 percent of all other players in the league. So far this season, he's covering an average distance of 2.59 miles per contest, the 12th-most in the NBA.

"My favorite compliment on the court ... it's not really how much I shoot, or how well I shoot," Curry revealed. "The biggest compliment I get is from a defender when you're out there on the court, and they're like, 'Yo, will you stop running so much?'

"That's the best compliment I can get."

Additionally, Curry changes direction an average of once every two seconds while on the court (according to Under Armour's biomechanics team), so it's no surprise that traction is a point of emphasis when it comes to building his signature shoe.

"Our number one priority is to get the traction right for him," Gu said.

After Curry and Gu finished describing each specific aspect of the shoe, it was time to put it to the test. All the influencers were given their own pair of Curry 6's, and led through an on-court workout led by Curry's personal trainer, Brandon Payne.

The influencers went through many of the same drills Curry has used to leap up several rungs of the superstar ladder over the last handful of years, and the man of the hour was there to show them how it was done.

In a way, it was a dress rehearsal.

The next time Curry wears the 6's, it'll be at the arena they are intended to honor, and in front of the community they are dedicated to.

D'Angelo Russell wants to team up with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell wants to team up with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell has only had a few months to get to know his new Warriors teammates, but he's already extremely familiar with two players he plans to team up with in the future.

Golden State's guard, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn in July, is featured on the newest cover of Slam Magazine. Russell, however, isn't alone on the cover. He's there with two longtime friends.

Russell, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Phoenix's Devin Booker go way back. They came up through the AAU system together, and entered the NBA at the same time. Towns and Russell were the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Booker was the No. 13 overall selection.

All three players are part of the next generation of NBA superstars. And in convening for the magazine shoot, Russell confessed a desire to form a super team with them down the line.

"We gotta do this again, when we’re all on the same team,” Russell said toward the end of the shoot. “Nah, don’t cut [the film]. Y’all got it on footage. When we’re all on the same team -- I ain’t gonna tell you which team because I don’t know -- we’re gonna do this again."

Russell signed a four-year contract with Golden State after coming over in the sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season. Both Towns and Booker have five years remaining on their contracts, and are due to hit unrestricted free agency one year after Russell. All three are paid handsomely.

It remains to be seen if it will even be possible to fit all three players on the same roster in the future, especially if any of them continue to improve (and thus qualify for larger salaries). Still, Towns is the oldest of the three, and he only turns 24 this November. 

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There's plenty of time for it to happen. In the meantime, however, you can expect all three of Russell, Towns and Booker to star separately on their current teams.

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

We all know how much Andre Iguodala loves Steph Curry.

The former Warriors forward repeatedly has said the two-time NBA MVP is the second-best point guard of all-time, behind only Magic Johnson.

After Game 2 of last season's NBA Finals against the Raptors, Iguodala said he's all for anything that protects Curry's legacy.

On Thursday morning, Iguodala once again was singing Curry's praises.

"Steph's got something else. Anybody seen 'The Accountant?' Steph's like that. He's good at everything," the 35-year-old said on Hot 97 radio. "Hand-eye coordination. He probably could shoot somebody from 1,000 feet away.

"I've seen him throw darts. I've seen him bowl like 250. Ping-pong. Golf, he could play pro in real life. He can throw a fastball 80 miles per hour, right down the middle.

"He's got this hand-eye thing that's freakish."

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Wait. Steph can't hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun? Lame.

Also, looks like I need to go watch the movie The Accountant.

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