Steph Curry’s tunnel shot actually started as a bet
If you’ve seen Steph Curry warm-up, chances are you’ve seen him making some ridiculous shots. The back-to-back MVP has become known for his pregame warm-up where he will often practice shots from half-court. Occasionally, you’ll also see him making shots from the Warriors‘ tunnel.
But according to Curry, the tunnel shot was not always a part of his routine, and actually started as a bet.
“It started about three years ago,” Curry told reporters Wednesday. “Me and one of our front office guys, Pat Sund – I don’t remember exactly. I think it was maybe a shootaround. I can’t remember the first time I did it, but I was shooting it and he walked by and put a kind of funny bet on it. Basically about who is going to buy the next meal. So I get two or three shots at it, and if I didn’t make it, I lost, and if I made it, I won.
“The usher that stands right there by the tunnel every game, he kind of got wind of it and wanted to give me some good mojo, so he rubbed the ball and gave me a nice underhanded shovel pass, so I can get a rhythm into the shot, and then from then on it became kind of just a pregame thing I did as I walked through the tunnel.”
Curry makes sure to put a limit on how many attempts he gets with the shot, but is unsure if there’s any correlation between making the tunnel shot and his shots during the game.
“I give myself five shots to do it, if I don’t make it, I go back into the locker room,” Curry said. “I don’t know the study of what my win-loss percentage is based on if I make it or not, but there is a little bit of me that’s like, dang, I missed it. Hopefully I make some shots in the game. But I don’t think it’s been a problem to this point.”
Game 1 of the NBA Finals will begin Thursday night at 6pm (PST) in Oakland. We’ll see if Curry can drain his tunnel shot to start the series off on a positive note.
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