There was a time when some people used to say Michael Jordan — because of his isolation play, his taking of difficult shots — was ruining the younger generation of players who idolized him and tried to mimic his style. Then it was Kobe who was ruining the game.
Now it is Stephen Curry — and his three-point shooting — who is ruining the game.
Q. In an era where all kids love Steph Curry, how do you remind your guys to not necessarily play like Steph Curry?
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI: No, I’d like them to play like — I’ve coached Steph twice, and if they can play like that, that would be cool, man. It would be a lot better.
I think Steph is a great example of preparation and consistent preparation and love of the game. You see it manifested in his talents and what he does. But the preparation that he has and the attitude that he has on a day-to-day basis to do his best are amazing examples for kids. I think he’s an amazing example for constant improvement, constant love of the game, constant hunger to show that he can do it again, never satisfied, all those things are alive and well with Steph Curry. Those are great examples for our guys to watch. So we like when they watch him.
Last season Curry was the NBA MVP and led his team to an NBA championship. This season he came back better — not just with more confidence from three (as if he needed that) but his ability to finish in the paint. He is attacking more and getting a much higher percentage of his shots at the rim, and his two-point shooting percentage has jumped from a 52.8 percent to 57.4 percent. He’s knocking down his long twos at a high percentage. He knew teams were going to play him to take away the three, so he’s improved in the areas that make that make teams pay for their choices.
And that’s just this season, his defense, ball handling, passing, and court vision have all made huge leaps while he was in Golden State.
If you don’t think that’s a good example for young players, I can’t help you.