Steph Curry’s warm up routine is something special
The world champion Golden State Warriors are headed into the NBA All-Star break with unbelievable record of 48-4 and a large part of that success is due to their MVP point guard Steph Curry. Obviously.
But even with the trophy, individual accolades and all around benefits you get when you are the world’s best, none of this affects the work ethic of the Warriors players and staff. They are focused on their goals, team goals, and it shows in the work they put in practice and in their individual day-to-day routines.
One perfect example of this is Steph Curry’s warm up routine.
To some it could seem to be just a meaningless shoot around with no sheer intentions other than to get loose and to ‘ get a good lather ‘ in my best Big Game James Worthy voice.
But to me, its way more significant.
As the legend of one Wardell Stephen Curry II grows, so does the attention and the spotlight. Here come the kids who want to be like their favorite player, who follow their favorite players movements both on and off the court.
The kids who show up early to a game to see their favorite player warming up.
Similar to Odell Beckham and his pre game warm up, Curry is drawing a crowd. People arrive early in hopes they get to see a trick shot, or see his now infamous ‘two-basketball’ dribbling drill. I showed up early so I could see for my own eyes. I wanted to see what it looked like.
It looked like the kids who got to see the warm up got to see the best player in the world teaching them about hard work. Showing them that the best work hard to stay the best. Teaching the young basketball players about the fundamentals of the game.
My father would always say: ‘ Never shoot a shot in practice that you’re not going to shoot in the game!’
Curry’s warm up after the dribbling drill consists of basic catch-and-shoot drills, off the dribble shots, and lay ups/ runners/ floaters in the lane with both hands. All shots he uses in the game to be effective. He gradually works his way out to the three point line where he shoots shots off the catch, and also the dribble, in areas and from depths where he thinks he will get attempts from in the game. He shoots these three point attempts, which get deeper and deeper. Most of them go in.
Now with the exception of the occasional shot from the tunnel (I bare witness), all the deep shots on or around the court are for quarters ending or buzzer beaters but he makes so many of these shots with perfect shooting form. The form is almost as perfect as the example he is setting for all the kids and fans alike that cheer him on.
And its a beautiful thing to watch.
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