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  1. Stephen Curry: His unique version: Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee Stephen Curry has surprisingly risen to the very upper echelon's of professional basketball. Last year he led his team, the Golden State Warriors to a tremendous regular season record and an NBA championship. He was the league MVP. His play epitomizes the changing nature of the pro game of basketball-> more outside in than inside out. His ascendancy is surprising. While he was a relatively high draft choice, he had been a very slight shooting guard from a small school. He only played point guard in his last year of college so he was not an accomplished ball handler. His father, though, was a noted NBA sharpshooter before him. Curry's improvement is spectacular. He is clearly one of the premier, most important, most valuable players in professional basketball at the moment. With all that Curry is extraordinarily fun to watch. He really seems to float, not run. Its as if his feet and coordinated extraordinary ball control are moving in a different dimension but all in sync and only he knows where he and the ball are going. On top of that he has the deadliest outside shot, with a quick release. He is dangerous. And to top it off, he is a "dancing celebrating athlete in his prime". Watch him play and dance. Entirely different but reminiscent of Mohammed Ali in his fighting, floating, stinging prime. "Best of Steph Curry's Incredible Start" on espn.go.com
  2. 12/25/15 I watched the game at Virtue Feed & Grain on Christmas, and I had a very unique perspective on the Cavs-Warriors game: I watched it on silent TV at the bar, but I studiously went against the grain by *not* watching the ball, which nearly everybody always does, including me; instead, each time the Cavs had the ball, I would watch #23, James, and each time the Warriors had the ball, I would watch #30, Curry - even if they were off the ball, I watched them both, exclusively, for the entire game, and what I saw was something of a revelation. (Note that, because of the way I watched this game, I was only able to see what they were doing on offense - it's possible, for example, that James was working hard on defense, and that's why he looked so tired.) LeBron James is out of shape, plain and simple - either that, or he's just getting older. On offense, when he didn't have the ball, he was just standing around - not *at* the 3-point line, but a few feet in *back* of the 3-point line. He wasn't running around, trying to get free - he *was* free, but he was standing so far back, that nobody cared. He scored a very quiet 4 points in the 1st quarter - a few times, when they passed him the ball, he'd drive towards the hoop, but he only made two field goals in the first quarter, and he didn't even start the second quarter - how could he have been tired after not having done anything? James was saving his energy until the later part of the game, but it was too little, too late - he was simply unable to carry the team in this game, and I was not impressed at all by his conditioning. He led the game with 25 points, but it was an ugly 25 points on 10-26 shooting. Stephen Curry arguably had a better game, but not by much: He scored 19 points on 6-15 shooting. However, there's one thing I saw that viewers watching the ball wouldn't have noticed: Off the ball, Curry was getting the *shit* beaten out of him by Matthew Dellavedova. This happened from the very beginning of the game, and the physical punishment was equivalent to body-blows from a boxer - they take their toll on you later in the match. Anyone who thinks the NBA is no longer physical only needed to watch what was happening to Curry. He was being held, pushed, and just plain brutalized - he had a poor game, but the refs were consistently missing off-the-ball fouls against him - this was a deliberate and clever strategy by the Cavaliers to wear down Curry, and it worked. I'd rate this one as a push, with both players underperforming.
  3. When Stephan Curry made this one play one TV commentator called it the best move he had ever seen. High praise from somebody who watches and has watched endless basketball for years. Curry's coach, Steve Kerr, a former NBA guard has a priceless reaction. Its remarkably quick and fluid. I had to watch it several times. Its Harlem Globetrotter like, only in real competition, with real defenders 3 to 4 trying to steal the ball, block Curry's movements etc. Best move ever???? I don't know. But its fun to watch. It starts when Curry gets the ball from his center/teammate and then moves at tremendously rapid speed, each element of his play astonishingly fluid, one following the other. Bet he can't do that again!!!!!
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