Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors set the record for most three-pointers by a player in NBA history Tuesday night en route to a Warriors 105-96 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Curry entered the game needing two three-pointers to eclipse Ray Allen’s record, doing so in the first quarter. Curry finished the game with five three-pointers and 22 points in total.
Curry set the record in 511 — yes, 511 — fewer games than it took Allen. This stat is indicative of how Curry has transformed pro basketball in a fashion not seen since Michael Jordan was at the height of his powers. When Curry entered the league, the game was very much in “power the ball to the post” streetball mode, the fine art of shooting firmly planted in the back seat. Curry, through extreme talent and even more extreme work ethic, hasn’t entirely transformed the long-distance shot into the new layup. However, a look around the NBA shows the new crop of stars, such as Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, as dedicated to shooting, if not more so, than working in the paint. Even the more interior-oriented young players such as the Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant are working nonstop on their outside game. Curry has restored basketball’s aesthetics, a game as reliant on the sweet shot as the slam dunk.
Here at the sports desk located somewhere beneath decks of the Good Pirate Ship RedState, we are of the firm opinion that Ball Don’t Care. As stated the first time we reported:
Even as “ball don’t lie” is pure truth when it comes to demonstrating genuine ability, it is equally true that “ball don’t care” what color skin throws it, catches it, hits it, fields it, kicks it, shoots its cousin the hockey puck, or does anything else to/with it. The ball does exactly as it is directed.
A message ESPN has yet to learn, but they are going to do themselves.
It’s difficult in a world of increasing wokeness and politicizing of everyone and everything to set such annoyances aside in favor of appreciating the fruits of skill honed by an unyielding work ethic into greatness. Steph Curry is worth the effort.