Steph had a ‘generational effect’ on the NBA in the eyes of Iguodala Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
For better or for worse, depending on who you ask, Warriors superstar Steph Curry changed the game of basketball with his shot.
But again, teammate Andre Iguodala believes Curry influenced his NBA peers and the sport in another way.
“I think he was a game-changer,” Iguodala said on The Breakfast Club on Friday. “You know, one thing he brought to the game was – you were considered sweet if you had too much fun playing basketball. People like Charles Barkley, Anthony Mason with the Knicks, Charles Oakley were very popular. was a weakness If you were smiling on the court you had to be mean, like Pat Riley basketball with New York.
“But when Steph Curry came in he started to laugh, he started to shimmy and he shoots halfway. Now you see that trickle down effect, you see Trae Young, you see Dame Lillard, you see Luka Doncic . These guys are taking steps back from half a court and everyone goes crazy. Kind of like, you can have joy now, you can laugh and you can play. It’s like a real generational effect that comes. of a guy and that’s something special. Like me said, you got to give people flowers while they’re here. He revolutionized the game. “
Curry’s shot and bliss on the pitch go hand in hand, and it shows every time he ties them up for the Warriors.
In May, in an episode of his “Pull Up” podcast, Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum spoke about why Curry revolutionized basketball for good and bad.
“He changed the game for the better, but also changed the game for the worse,” McCollum said. “A lot of kids try to replicate some of the things he does, and some of those things are hardly possible for kids. You have to involve the reps and really practice your game.
“He’s just a wizard. He’s someone you have to look out for at all times. He does things and you literally think, ‘How is that possible?’ “
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Curry entered the NBA in 2009 with many skeptics and struggled with ankle injuries in the early seasons of his career. A dozen years later, he would become one of the most influential players in the history of the league. Old school hoops might not like what he did to the game, but there’s no doubt that the younger generation has succeeded the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion.
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