Why Steph Curry's iconic tunnel shot won't follow him to Chase Center

Why Steph Curry's iconic tunnel shot won't follow him to Chase Center

Steph Curry's commute won't be the only thing that changes about his pregame routine next season. The Warriors star has, at minimum, three more tunnel shots left at Oracle Arena. 

Golden State plays its final regular-season game in the building Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and they'll have at least two more home games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The further Golden State advances in the postseason, the more chances Curry will have for the fabled capper to his pregame routine. 

The tunnel shots won't last beyond this season, however, once the Warriors move into Chase Center in San Francisco.

"I think geometrically speaking it's not likely," Curry told ESPN. "Because of where the entrance to the new arena is, but I'll probably get creative with something."

Curry recalled that his tunnel shot originated during the 2013-14 season, years after former Warriors teammate Monta Ellis first gave him the idea when the team used to have morning shootarounds at Oracle Arena. But the routine began in earnest as many things do for men in their 20s: with a wager.  

"I think I had a bet with a front-office guy," Curry recounted, "just messing around one day and it kind of became an every game thing and then it evolved to [Oracle Arena security guard Curtis Jones] being involved. The rest is history."

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Jones, Curry's designated passer, told the San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler he enjoys Curry's routine as much as the two-time MVP does. Beyond that, he said young fans' reactions to Curry stand out the most. 

“It’s amazing the effect he has on kids,” Jones said. “I respect and appreciate him for that. It bothers me to see a child disappointed and hurt, Curry means that much to them. ... I really want to see this child leave happy. You never know how far (interaction with Curry) will take a kid, what kind of confidence it will give him, self-esteem.”

For at least three more games, Curry will continue to wow children -- and everyone else -- from the tunnel in the Warriors' longest home. 

Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'


Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Kevin Durant came to the Warriors in 2016 in pursuit of a family and NBA titles.

Despite all the winning the Warriors did with Durant, he told the Wall Street Journal last week that he never quite felt like one of the guys. That possibly had something to do with him refusing to commit long term to the Warriors. It's hard for a family to accept you when you have one foot in the house and the other on the front porch.

NBA legend Magic Johnson can't begin to fathom Durant's logic in leaving for the Brooklyn Nets after three seasons and two championships in the Bay.

"KD, I hope that he finds happiness," Johnson said Friday on ESPN's First Take. "If you can't find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at?

“First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying, 'I'm a two-time MVP. I'm willing to take a backseat because I want to win.' Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit, because you know whose game suffered the most? Klay Thompson. He used to get a lot more touches before KD got there, and he said, 'I'm OK with that as long as we win a championship.' Draymond Green, even he had to take a backseat.

"So, Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you won MVP of the Finals as well, where are you going to find happiness at? I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers we've seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy. I just don't know where he's going to find it at if he can't find it at Golden State."

We imagine every single Warriors fan feels the same way as Magic does.

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Unlike Thunder fans, Warriors fans don't hold any ill will toward Durant. They're just puzzled by his decision to leave. He had everything he wanted in the Bay Area, and Golden State could have offered more money. Yet he still decided to leave.

But maybe Durant never will be happy in the same spot for too long. It's possible that in three years, Nets fans find themselves wondering why Durant wasn't happy, just like Warriors fans are right now.