Stephen Curry was the latest NBA player to come to the defense of Derrick Rose. the Warriors' point guard said Friday on SportsTalk Live that only Rose, who missed the entire 2012-13 season recovering from ACL surgery, knew when he was fully ready to return to the hardwood.
"Rule no. 1 is only Derrick can really know how he feels. Obviously there's a lot of expectations and timelines from doctors and training staff...but he knows the way he wants to play and whether or not his body is capable of doing that. So you can't knock him for being true to himself," Curry, who has dealt with ankle injuries of his own in the past, said. "I know there was a lot of pressure on him, especially with the playoff run. I'm sure all that noise will go away once he comes back and plays well next year."
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Curry was taking part in the American Century Championship golf tournament held on Lake Tahoe in Nevada this weekend. One of his playing partners on Friday was Miami Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen. This past season Curry broke Allen's mark for 3-pointers made in a season, draining 272 shots from beyond the arc. When asked by the SportsTalk Live panel what about his jump shot makes him so good, Curry said he challenges himself to make 300 jump shots per day and attempts to keep perfect balance on every one of them.
"I count makes, just so you can challenge yourself. Usually a certain number of so many shots so that you're not just aimlessly shooting, you're actually trying to achieve that goal and challenge yourself to get better each time you're out in the gym," he said. "So most important part of my jump shot, my technique, is just balance. You start your jump shot from the ground up, if you're not in balance, squared up and finding your base it's hard to repeat that motion that's required to be a successful shooter."
It's safe to assume Curry learned those techniques from his father, Dell, who played 16 seasons in the NBA, and that Stephen passed along those techniques to his brother, Seth, who just finished his senior season playing for Duke. When asked who the best shooter in the esteemed Curry family was, Stephen had no choice but to stroke his own ego.
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"If you came to our house and we were shooting in the backyard the H.O.R.S.E. games would take forever because we all feel like we can shoot better than the rest of us, so I won the last horse competition between us three,"he said, "so you're only as good as your last game, as my dad told me, so I'm the champ now. My dad hasn't lost his touch, and obviously my brother is a great shooter so if you take any one of us to make a last shot I'm sure you wouldn't make a bad decision."
That work ethic has made Curry arguably one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. But one topic all players are asked that Curry thought was no argument was the greatest of all-time: LeBron or MJ?
"It's MJ. What'd he have, six rings? So you can't take that away from him and the numbers and stats he put up over the course of his career, it's obviously MJ," Curry said. "LeBron still has time to catch him and make it a closer argument for sure, but I'm gonna go with MJ on that all day."
You can watch Curry's entire interview on SportsTalk Live above.