Stephen Curry list of accolades on the court includes a pair of Kia MVP, a pair of NBA championships, multiple All-Star appearances and many more. Off the court, he’s looking to add to his list of accomplishments, too, as he will soon be serving as a professor of sorts.
In an interview with ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes, Curry said he will be partnering with MasterClass.com to teach, via video, classes on basketball fundamentals including shooting, using ball screens, finishing on either side of the rim and more.
(Curry also points out in the interview that there will be “no dunking chapter”.)
The class is geared toward beginners and intermediates, Haynes reports, and Curry is seeking to help players advance with the overall acceleration of their games. Curry also wants to help players understand the maturation process needed in shooting a lot of his specialty — 3-point shots.
Here’s more from Curry via Haynes on the project:
“If I think about where I was when I was 13, if I had access to this type of curriculum, I would have been a much better player faster,” he said. “It took me a while to learn how to practice and do the drills the right way. I want people to see how I invest in my game, how I train, what I do in my workouts and what’s my mental approach. So, when the opportunity with Masterclass came about to put a class together where I can show people my unique way of playing this game, it was natural fit. The goal is for everybody to get better and enjoy basketball more. I want them to push and challenge themselves and hopefully they see the game differently.”
“There’s a progression to everything that I do. So, if you watch our games and you see the way that I play and you don’t know what goes into the work behind it, then you might obviously have that opinion that if you want to play like Steph, you just show up to the court, shoot 40-footers or shoot off of one foot, try all these crazy dribble moves and that’s how you play. But, there is an education about just how much time I put into what I do.
“Some of the stuff you see after practice, the drill work and the repetitions and the mindset, it starts with fundamentals, it starts with foot work, it starts with balance, it starts with coordination. That builds your confidence up and then you can start to try a little bit more crazier things on the court. So, I hope through this MasterClass people see the way that I play, and hopefully understand how I got there. It’s a lot of time that I put into it and it’s not like I just woke up one day and was like, ‘You know what, I just want to start shooting and doing all these crazy things on the floor.’ If kids work on it, or if they put the time in like I did, they can do that too.”
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