Curry’s Law of 40 (Part 1 of 2)
Curry’s Law Of 40
BY JOHN HOOPER
OAKLAND, CA. — From unwanted recruit — to college basketball legend at Davidson — to NBA MVP — and now to NBA champion with Golden State.
It had been four decades of waiting for fans by the Bay, waiting on an NBA title, but on Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors won an NBA title for the first time since 1975, with a 105–97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and star LeBron James at Quicken Loans Arena.
It must have seemed all so surreal to Curry — a standout guard and son of former NBA long-range sniper Del Curry, who enjoyed his much of his 16-year NBA career as a three-point marksman for the Charlotte Hornets, finishing as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, with 9,839 points when calling it a career in 2002.
Dell, who played his basketball at Virginia Tech, must have thought his eldest son would follow suit and become a Hokie. However, when the Charlotte Catholic Product was offered no better than a walk-on opportunity in Blacksburg, Curry took his talents to Davidson — a school situated in the ritzy suburb part outskirts of Charlotte near picture-esque Lake Norman.
Though Steph wears the No. 30 on his jersey, the No. 40 has resonated throughout Stephen Curry’s short career at both the collegiate and professional levels, and in 2015, Curry’s Law of 40 was revealed for all to witness.
The earliest known significance of the number we usually associate in religious terms, as God told Noah the heavens would pour rain for 40 days and 40 nights before he sent a peace covenant in the form of a rainbow and dove.
The tumult in-between was a rough ride, but after plenty of hardship and tumult, Noah and his eight family members rode out the storm in a giant ship before eventually reaching the mountain top where the Ark rested after that duration, and then the sign of completion came from God-a rainbow — a cornucopia of colors formed from a prism of light as the sun shows through clouds, creating a masterpiece.
It was not all too much different with Golden State, which had set its battle cry in all season in the form of “Strength in Numbers” had been just that — a strength of the team rather than just one, and at the end, forming a masterpiece with each color adding to the completion.
The lone difference in the modern day narrative is it was Curry providing the rain by flooding the opposition with threes. All told, he finished with a whopping 98 triples, which shouldn’t be a surprising 40 more than the previous standard of 58 treys set by Reggie Miller in the 2000 postseason with the Indiana Pacers. Below are all 98 postseason treys.
Curry, who is an outspoken man of Christian faith in his own right, completed a special run for Golden State on Tuesday night after 40 years of tumult in the city by the Bay.
The last time the Warriors claimed an NBA title was still 12 years prior to the pilot episode of Full House — a popular family sitcom starring the likes of Bob Saget, John Stamos and the Olsen twins — Mary Kate and Ashley.
Every great story seems to have the most humble of beginnings, and Curry’s law of 40 would begin some 2,712 miles away, or about a 40-hour drive straight across the country via I-40 from the Queen City of North Carolina to the Bay Area.
Curry probably grew up watching re-run episodes of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper — a Friday sitcom starring Golden State actor oddly enough comedian Mark Curry and wife of former Carolina Panthers backup Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson-Peete. Steph Curry would have been just four when the program first aired in 1992, but the show spent five years on the airwaves, making it distinct possibility Curry would watch his namesake live out a brief NBA dream, even if only in acting.
Mark Curry, a former Warriors guard-turned PE teacher in the show, was given a rare chance to return to the league on a 10-day contract with the Warriors in an episode that also saw real life Warrior stars Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin make guest appearances. The sitcom Curry wore No. 7.
In the span of nine years (2006–15), Golden State Warriors guard and former Davidson star Stephen Curry has set prolific individual long-range shooting standards at both college and pro levels, taking his team to new heights or at least back to their former days of glory.
Davidson had been a giant in Southern Conference basketball for a long time. After all, the program had produced some greats in both stints the Wildcats had called the SoCon home — first from 1953–88 and then re-joining the league in 1992–93 under the leadership of Bob McKillop after a brief stint in the Big South Conference.
The Wildcats had won the Southern Conference twice in its second stint when Curry arrived on campus for his freshman campaign in 2005–06.
The Wildcats were members of a league that boasted one of the greatest traditions of any mid-major in college basketball, and the league known to have given birth to the modern day conference tournament, and later, both the ACC and SEC would be formed from those great leagues.
It had been 40 years since Davidson had created the kind of national fervor often associated with major college basketball programs, but in the span of just three years, the boyish-faced Curry would help Davidson created a David vs. Goliath story much like another very famous story spoken of in the old testament. David-son would create its most noise in the NCAA Tournament as it had in some 40 seasons.
In 2006, Curry would set the college basketball world officially on notice, and a star was born at Belk Arena. Forty years earlier, the program was in a different place in terms of its regard nationally. Davidson was routinely a program considered among the most prestigious in major college basketball under the direction of Lefty Driesell.
That famed 1965–66 season, saw Dick Snyder and Don Davidson pick up the slack after the graduation of Hetzel, leading the Wildcats back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, as a great tradition would be born. The Wildcats would win their first-ever NCAA Tournament game against Rhode Island (95–65), but would bow out in the East regional semis, with a 94–78 loss to Syracuse.
It would be forty years following Hetzel’s ascent to the NBA before Curry would arrive at Davidson, and it would be 41 before he would help the Wildcats change their drought in the NCAA postseason, producing what was a scintillating sophomore season.
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