San Francisco, CA- The NBA announced there would be a three-point contest for All-Star festivities after all. It’ll just be a bit different this time around. Nonetheless, this leads us to a questions fans have annually: Will Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter in NBA history, compete?
“All good ideas, um, we’ll see what happens, to be honest, haven’t committed either way yet,” Curry told Clutchpoints.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is joining this year’s competition. Lillard, Curry, LeBron James, and Trae Young are players who made shooting from the logo a fashionable thing.
Given their capabilities, how extraordinary would it be to relocate the center rack to the logo? Watching the best shooters in the world letting it fly from deep would be a show.
“That will actually be an interesting change for the three-point contest,” said Stephen Curry. “In terms of seeing people’s range and the conversation of how deep guys can shoot it consistently, so well see.”
Hopefully, we’ll see the three-point master at it again… and maybe with some new rules.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is always looking for ways to spice up entertainment during All-Star Weekend, like the scoring rule added last year to honor the late Kobe Bryant. To win the NBA All-Star Game, the team leading into the fourth quarter would only need to score 24 points in the final frame; if the opposing team takes the lead, they win the game.
With no minimum or maximum time on the clock in the fourth quarter, the NBA All-Star Game ends with a made basket or a made free throw. NBA fans loved it last season, so maybe moving the center rack is possible in the future.
The All-Star Game is quickly approaching on March 7th, and there’s been plenty of talk, on every side of the equation, if participation is even worth it. When asked about his thoughts on participating, Curry said:
“I mean, it’s inevitable, and I know in terms of the conversation, either side it’s a business we understand that we know what we all signed up for,” he added. “I know even for me, it was a lot of concern when the conversation came up in terms of player safety and how they were even thinking about logistically setting it up. I know they spent three or four weeks trying to figure it out.”
“Things are still shifting; I honestly don’t know what the week, those three days, two days are going to look like. But we know it’s happening, so we know we are required and expected to be there. That is what it is.”
Stephen Curry won the 2015 three-point contest, triumphing over Kyrie Irving and teammate Klay Thompson in the championship round. The question of if Curry compete this year remains a mystery, at least for now, that is.