There’s no debate about why Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry shoots from near half court before the start of every game. That’s within his range, and he might take a few ultra-long-distance shots during the game. But Curry takes another pregame shot for which there was no clear explanation—until now.
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After his impressive pregame ritual of shooting and dribbling, Curry takes one last shot before going back into the locker room before the game. That shot is from the corner, beyond the court, in the entrance to the tunnel. Of course, the long distance bomber makes it look easy.
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The trick shot from the tunnel is obviously impossible during a game, so why is it part of Curry’s pregame routine?
During a press conference yesterday, Curry said, “I was shooting it and Pat Sund [Associate GM for Golden State’s D-League Santa Cruz Warriors] walked by. And we put a kind of funny bet on it, basically about who can buy the next meal. So I get two or three shots at it. If I didn’t make it, I lost. If I made it, I won.”
Since then, the tunnel shot has become the most popular part of Curry’s pregame routine. And would he be Steph Curry if he didn’t make most of them on the first try?