After Stephen Curry's 62-point explosion on Sunday, NBA players, fans and media members flocked to Twitter to remind everyone that the Golden State Warriors star is still the greatest shooter of all time.
Curry's scoring feat in their 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers marks his career-high. Basketball analyst Stephen A. Smith expressed his excitement on Curry's milestone, noting that he can't wait for Klay Thompson's return.
As I have said on many, many occasions: we are witnessing the Greatest Shooter in the history of mankind. Period! Can’t wait for him and Klay to reunite.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 4, 2021
For his part, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant recalled what Anthony Tolliver said about legends like the Warriors sharpshooter.
steph responded ‼️💯
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 4, 2021
NBA icon Magic Johnson, meanwhile, expressed his belief that Curry's performance has forged him alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo as an MVP candidate.
A career high 62 points for Steph Curry! STILL proving he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen and a MVP candidate along with LeBron, AD, KD, Kyrie, Luka Doncic, Kawhi, and Giannis!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 4, 2021
Jamal Crawford and former teammate Jordan Bell also gave Twitter critics a subtle jab for declaring that Curry is done and past his prime.
Steph heard Y'all huh?
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 4, 2021
Y’all was talking about the dude with 62? 😂😂
— Jordan Bell (@1jordanbell) January 4, 2021
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love, who has had many battles with the Warriors and Stephe, expressed his awe as well.
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 4, 2021
Finally, Thompson congratulated Curry for entering the 60-point club. Thompson has also 60 points in 2016, which is his career-high.
Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021
Curry's scoring explosion definitely marks his return to form. And as Crawford and Bell hinted, he never really lost it. Yes, the Warriors do not look as dominant as before, but slowly and surely, they're growing as a team with each win signifying a big step forward.
Steph may have missed the majority of last season, but he never really left. Although he has been sidelined, his mind was always locked in. As the adage goes, once a shooter, always a shooter.