Most have the appreciation and understanding that Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry revolutionized the way the game is played from beyond the arc. This year has been no different, as Curry has showed his game has even more layers to it as he has torched opponents heading into the play-in tournament.
However, it appears his own Warriors teammates, at least the new ones, had to be reminded by another teammate of how special Curry truly is and how much it matters to Golden State’s success.
Kevon Looney has been with the Warriors for a few seasons now and knows what it’s like to watch Curry absolutely take over a game.
Via Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Looney explained how that had to be engrained in the minds of some of the newer Warriors players this year.
“I felt like for the first few preseason games, guys were just treating him like he was just a regular star and he wasn’t one of the best players in the league,” the 25-year-old explained. “I was telling them when Steph gets it going, ain’t no show on Earth like this.”
Maybe they just didn’t know how to react around him? Who knows, it’s just a theory. Looney knows better than most that once Steph gets it going for the Warriors, it’s appointment television.
“I’ve been gassing him up and telling them how special it is and how different it is to see it live.”
And then on Jan. 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Steph racked up a career-high 62 points.
“For many of them, that game was the first time they got to see him actually go crazy and how he controls the game,” Looney said. “I told ’em.”
A lot of the postseason successes or failures for the Warriors will ride on the shoulders of No. 30. The year Curry is having has been historically great, and he and Looney hope there’s more to come.