Steph Curry is immortal

Steph Curry is immortal

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SFGATE columnist Drew Magary on Steph Curry making the implausible plausible

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry looks on at TD Garden on June 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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This won’t last. If you’re a Warriors fan, or just a fan of life in general, you know that there is an undefined but very real number of Steph Curry Games left in history. Outside of Tom Brady, you never get to see any great athlete play forever, which makes every great game they play increasingly more valuable to your memory as the end of their career appears over the horizon. Steph Curry can only play for so long and, at just 6’2” and 185 pounds, there’s only so much punishment his body can take, especially against a Celtics defense that’s nearly impossible to wash off once it’s stuck on you.

That’s what made last night one worth keeping in your bookmarks. Steph dropped 43 points on Boston, in a game that would have doomed Golden State had they lost it, and he earned every last one of them. It’s not simply that Steph makes insane threes, but that he can get them off while having about as much room as you do in an office elevator at 9 am. It was never a guarantee that Steph would make it back to the Finals, given the injuries and defections that left both him and Golden State foraging in the wilderness, a wilderness from which they were never guaranteed to return. And it’s no guarantee that the Warriors will win THESE finals, given how talented and annoyingly disciplined Boston is. But what is guaranteed… is last night. That happened, and it was f–king awesome.

I, like you, have loved watching Steph Curry play ever since he was a college player. I never want his career to end, even if he has worthy successors waiting in the wings elsewhere in the league. This is because Steph Curry makes all of the shots that people love to take. If I’m alone at a playground hoop, I wanna be Steph. I do NOT wanna be Chris Paul. That would be idiotic. I never take shots inside the three-point arc unless I’m rebounding my own errant three, or unless I have to bank in a layup just to say I made one basket for the day (I then miss that layup). Outside of those rare occasions, I wanna be a sniper. I wanna take all of the “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” shots. I can’t dunk, nor can you. But I can make a bomb on occasion, and it never fails to satisfy. These are the shots I take in pickup games as well, because driving to the hoop is too hard. They’re the shots I take in video games. They’re the shots I take in every daydream.

Watching Steph Curry, who was willing threes through the net last night while distasteful players like Derrick White were draped all over him (this is a San Francisco website, so I can state those fouls as fact), was like someone putting your daydreams on film. You’re not supposed to make shots like the ones Steph makes. That’s why they’re fun to take and even more fun to make. And to think that the past 10 years of the NBA have largely been defined by a player whose entire game is built around making those shots routinely. That’s a gift. That’s what sports are for. I watch Steph play and I can see myself doing Steph Curry s–t. Now that’s a hilarious notion in every way, but Steph’s size makes it FEEL plausible. And what fun is a realistic fantasy? I don’t wanna fantasize about driving 55mph. I wanna f–king FLY. You do, too. Watching Steph do what he does is as close as I’ll get, and I’ll gladly take it.


Because again, I know this won’t last. Maybe Steph will rip off three more titles, the way Michael Jordan did after he came back from his own time out in the wilderness. And maybe, like Jordan, it’ll take a little bit more wiliness and ingenuity for Steph, this time around, to do what used to be a little easier for him to do. Or maybe you just watched the last great game you’ll ever see him play. In some ways, it doesn’t matter. Because after last night, and after all he’s done for basketball in general, Steph can never die.



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