Stephen Curry’s journey to becoming the greatest shooter ever and first ever unanimous NBA MVP hasn’t always been the smoothest. Early in his career there were ankle issues which limited him to only 26 games in 2011-12 and raised questions about his durability.
Through it all, the Baby-Faced Assassin has remained confident in his abilities.
He’s even been described as having a “brash arrogance” on the court.
I like to think of it as more of a sneaky swagger.
Brash conjures up memories of the Miami Hurricanes football team in the 1980’s and early 90’s or the NBA itself in the 90’s.
Reggie Miller, now he was brash. There’s nothing sneaky about anything he was doing. Here’s another example.
These plays, players and games were brash and brazen. There’s nothing wrong with that, that’s just how it was back then.
On the flip side, there’s nothing audacious or overbearing about Stephen Curry’s court side manner. It’s just supreme self-confidence. How often have you been watching a game and been able to see that a shot was good as soon as it left a player’s hands? We’ve all done it and have been able to tell when even when the players are nowhere near the shooter Stephen Curry is.
What about when we’re on the court ourselves? From time to time we know a shot is going in as soon as it leaves our own hand, and we know we can’t shoot like Steph can.
When he received his second MVP award Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr jokingly teased him about doing the shimmy in his first game back from injury when he was 1-10 from three-point range. It’s just supreme confidence. He knows his shots are going in a lot more than all the rest of us, that’s all.
Even when people “knock” or “pick” at Stephen Curry’s celebrations and on-court mannerisms on social media it still comes across as humorous and good-natured in its intent.
Let’s not get it twisted though. Stephen could very easily be annoyingly arrogant and cocky if he chose to be. He more than has the game to back it up. He just chooses not to do so because that’s not who he is.