Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the greatest shooter in basketball history. He also happens to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. According to Fox Sports’ NBA analyst Chris Broussard: ”For a long time, Isaiah Thomas was the greatest small sized player in NBA history, Steph Curry has taken over the spot now.” His mind boggling accuracy and efficiency from long range has completely revolutionized the game. Not just the way it’s played, but also the way it’s perceived and emulated. You can not truly be a great player in today’s NBA unless you shoot the three pointer well. Curry’s dominance has led to the near-extinction of the back-to-the-basket big men from the game. In the words of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe: “Nowadays when kids go to play basketball, they don’t want to jump high and dunk, they prefer shooting the ball from the entrance of the gym instead“.
Curry was on a slight shooting slump for some time but he has recovered from it in a roaring fashion. He has made atleast five three pointers in nine straight games at a videogame type efficiency of 48.7 percent. The reasons behind his triumphant return are….wait for it…contact lenses! Yes, you didn’t mis-read it. A correction to his vision is the reason he has been lighting the NBA on fire recently.
Three time NBA Champion and two time league MVP Curry has struggled with astigmatism for his entire career. In an interview with Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Curry said: “I started wearing contacts. No, I’m serious. I had gotten so used to squinting for so long. It was just normal.“
Thompson published a little more insight into Curry’s condition: “He said he has a condition called Keratoconus, known in the ophthalmology field as KC. Technically, it’s an eye disease in which the cornea, normally a circle, progressively thins and takes on a cone shape. This distortion has given Curry what is known as an astigmatism, which is a type of error in the way the light bends when entering the eye. It doesn’t distribute the light equally to the retina and leads to blurred or distorted vision.“
This has to be one of the most shocking revelations ever. Curry’s excellence at his job is highly dependent on how well he can see from distance. And what we have learned now, is that he has become the greatest shooter of all time, making a record number of threes every season, while basically squinting to see the ring every time he shoots the ball!
Here’s the video of him talking about his vision problems with journalists:
Curry has an absurd career three point shooting percentage of 43.6, and he basically did that with blurred vision. Now that he has got his contacts, it won’t be surprising if he shoots at an even higher percentage. That thought must send shivers down the spine of every other NBA team and its fans. On the other hand, Warriors fans, who didn’t really need another reason to be happier, have got it anyway.
After this news came out, famous NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong released this hilarious video of how Steph Curry would’ve felt after he corrected his eyesight: