Tag:Stephen Curry
Posted on: December 10, 2008 1:30 pm

Dear Gary (on Stephen Curry's performance)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: The amazing thing (about Stephen Curry against West Virginia) was that as soon as Davidson lost its lead down the stretch, you just KNEW Curry was going to start draining 3-pointers like he was in shoot around. And as soon as you saw him drain that first, ridiculous fade-away 3-pointer after a nasty crossover, you knew that the game was basically over. Everyone in the building knew that shot was a swish.

-- Nate

That was the real lesson from Tuesday night. Not that Stephen Curry is a great shooter, because he actually missed twice as many shots as he made. It was bigger than that. What was special about the performance was that the guy played as poorly as he can play (eight turnovers) and shot as poorly as he can shoot (started the game 5-of-22 from the field), and yet when things were in the balance he took over, made, as Bob Huggins said, "two hard shots" in the final 61 seconds and led his team to another win over a program from a power conference. That's a unique talent, to be able to do that. Not to mention on national TV. In Madison Square Garden. With everybody expecting you to do it.

So, Nate, I agree with you, that what happened Tuesday night was "amazing," at least in basketball terms. And that's why Curry is getting so much attention, because he consistently lives up to the hype, even if it takes him 35 or so minutes to get started.

Posted on: December 6, 2008 5:00 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2008 5:03 pm

Yep, Stephen Curry is pretty good

At what point does the kid not live up to expectations?

Will that ever happen?

Because Stephen Curry went wild again Saturday, scoring 44 points against another high-major program in Davidson's 72-67 victory over North Carolina State while advancing his legend just a little bit more as LeBron James watched from courtside, argued with officials and enjoyed himself just as much as everybody else in the arena (except for those with Wolfpack rooting interests). It was remarkable and exciting and the type of thing even folks focused on football this weekend took a moment to take in, and if there's a more appealing player in the country I've yet to see him.

We can debate whether Curry is a better college player than Tyler Hansbrough.

Or more valuable to his team than Blake Griffin

Or a better prospect than James Harden.

But what we can't argue is that Curry is the most exciting player in the nation, the guy most likely to make you punch the guy beside you in the arm, jump off the couch and laugh and laugh and laugh, because there is no argument against to be had. He's just spectacular in that way. And the best part is that the Stephen Curry Show's next stop will be New York's Madison Square Garden, where he and his Davidson teammates will on Tuesday face West Virginia on the biggest basketball stage in the world.

Should be fun times.

If only LeBron could be there.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 26, 2008 6:56 am
Edited on: November 26, 2008 7:02 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

I've never been a basketball coach.

Let me preface this with that.

But everything I know tells me the top priority when it comes to coaching should be to win or at the very least stay competitive, which is what makes Jimmy Patsos' decision to double-team Stephen Curry pretty much every minute of Tuesday's game (even when he didn't have the ball) one of the most bizarre sights I've ever seen. I mean, seriously, the whole thing was a joke, and that Patsos let his Loyola Greyhounds lose 78-48 to Davidson while basically playing three-on-four is an embarrassment to his profession, program and the players he supposedly coaches.

Sure, Loyola held Curry to three shots and no points.

That's great.

But if such an achievement comes at the expense of a 30-point loss then it's stupid, and Patsos didn't help himself in the post-game press conference when he explained his rationale and essentially acknowledged that he was more interested in not letting Curry play than he was in actually trying to win.

"Anybody else ever hold him scoreless?" Patsos asked. "I'm a history major. (Are people) going to remember that we held him scoreless or (that) we lost by 30?"

Actually, they'll remember neither, Jimmy.

What people will remember is the putz who let his team get embarrassed to prove a point that had no point.

Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:01 pm

That All-American team looks familiar

The AP All-American team looks exactly like the CBSSports.com All-American team.

But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be some debate.

The reality is that when I put together my team the only must-have-players were Tyler Hansbrough, Stephen Curry and Luke Harangody. I can't understand why any ballot wouldn't include those three names, but I can't understand a lot of what happens on AP ballots. So whatever. As for Blake Griffin and Darren Collison, yes, I also featured both. But I considered teams without those names and actually almost went one of the following:

G: Darren Collison (UCLA)
G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
G: James Harden (Arizona State)
F: Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
F: Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)

Or ...

G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
G: James Harden (Arizona State)
F: Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
F: Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
F: Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)

To be clear, I love Griffin and Collison. But Collison's dreadful Final Four appearance is something I nearly couldn't get out of my head, and though Griffin was dominant as a freshman his numbers weren't quite as good as Hansbrough's or Harangody's. So that's why I considered dropping one or both for Harden and/or Smith. But in the end, I think I got it right. And I think the AP voters got it right, too.

So good for me.

And good for them.

And we'll just have to argue some other day.

Posted on: October 1, 2008 9:39 am

Dear Gary (on Davidson)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: What is your PROBLEM? You are doing it again. I told you last year, you would not listen but, you had them ranked what 7th at end of season?SODUMMY?????DAVIDSON WILDCATS and STEPHEN CURRY??not in your top 26man u r STUPID

-- AW

I think it's hilarious that somebody who doesn't know how to A) properly space, B) properly punctuate or C) properly spell is calling me stupid (and using all capital letters to do it). But I'm not interested in spending too much time on your shortcomings, AW, because the core of your email -- that I am stupid for not ranking Davidson, if I interpreted that correctly -- is 100 percent accurate.

I should've learned my lesson about doubting Stephen Curry.

I know that now.

Which is why I've explained in multiple blogs (like here and here) that Davidson will be included when I update the Top 25 (and one) before the season begins. Looking at it now, I would guess that Arizona will drop out (because of the loss of Brandon Jennings) and Davidson will move in, though I'm confident there will be additional changes, too. So till then, hold tight. And in the meantime, AW, it wouldn't hurt if you worked on your spacing, punctuation and spelling, and just relaxed a bit in general.

Posted on: July 15, 2008 1:16 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2008 3:18 pm

Dear Gary (on Hansbrough)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Tyler Hansbrough is overrated! Go Duke!

-- Hayden

I knew that column about how Stephen Curry could be the New Face of College Basketball would be perceived as a shot at Hansbrough, which is why I went out of my way to write nice things about the North Carolina senior -- like that he's the "easy pick for Preseason National Player of the Year, destined to go down as one of the best in ACC history and if I had to start a college team tomorrow I'd take him with my first pick. Make no mistake, I like Psycho T (and let the record show I think he'll be a better pro than most expect)."

Despite all that, UNC fans thought I was bad-mouthing Hansbrough.

And anti-UNC fans -- mostly Duke fans, shockingly -- applauded me for ripping Hansbrough.

But both groups of fans are missing the point.

I was not bad-mouthing or ripping Hansbrough while writing about Curry, and let me take this moment to explain how Hansbrough is not overrated at all. Most people think he's the most dominant basketball player in America and that's exactly what he is, the most dominant basketball player in America. So Hansbrough isn't overrated. He's accurately rated. Likewise most people think the Beatles are the best band of all-time and that's exactly what they are, the best band of all-time. Thus, the Beatles are accurately rated, too. So Tyler Hansbrough and the Beatles are accurately rated, and I hope we never have to go over this again.

That said, I don't necessarily believe Hansbrough is the type of player casual fans love to watch on TV.

I kinda agree with the coach from the column on that point.

His game doesn't feature blocked shots into the second row, beautiful drives to the basket or gorgeous stepback jumpers. Hansbrough does his work in other, less-pretty ways. Which is why I think Curry is the guy most fans would rather watch play a game even though Hansbrough should be the Preseason National Player of the Year (he's the best player on the best team, after all). And I think that's a reasonable point that shouldn't be taken as a shot at Hansbrough.

I am the Walrus.

Goo goo g'joob.

Posted on: July 14, 2008 4:41 am
Edited on: July 15, 2008 3:18 pm

Dear Gary (on Curry)

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: My, my, my. The column about Davidson's Stephen Curry, I agree 100 percent with you. But, Gary, you left Davidson out of your Top 25 (and one) all last season before the NCAA tournament and I emailed you and told you of your mistake. Then they beat the Big Ten Champs, Big East champs and should've beaten Kansas. Then you ranked them in the final Top 25 (and one). At least you OWN up. Good job.

-- Martin

First off, I think it's been well-documented that I had Davidson pegged incorrectly last season -- though it's worth mentioning everybody had Davidson pegged incorrectly unless you know somebody who believed the Wildcats were a Top 10 team before the NCAA tournament began. That said, I still think my decision to not rank the Wildcats during the regular season was backed by sound logic, which was that before the NCAA tournament began they had lost 13 consecutive games to Top 100 opponents, including five in the 2007-08 season. Put another way, Davidson had not beaten a Top 100 opponent since Nov. 26, 2005 and was 0-5 against the Top 100 heading into the NCAA tournament.

So was Davidson a Top 25 team?

It proved to be in the end, no doubt. But whether the Wildcats should've been ranked during the regular season based on their body of work is a totally separate issue, and the No. 10 seed they got in the NCAA tournament suggests I was probably correct to have Davidson unranked at that time. Either way, that's all in the past. I'm officially down with Davidson now -- as I think that column on Curry showed -- and I plan to include the Wildcats when I update the preseason Top 25 (and one).

So yeah, I'm owning up, as I always try to do.

It helps offset the times I spend bragging about how I was right about something else.
Posted on: July 11, 2008 6:02 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2008 6:04 pm

No BCS bias when it comes to national awards

In my Friday column I wrote about how playing in the Southern Conference -- and not being on TV all that much -- might hurt Stephen Curry's chances to be the Face of College Basketball. I still think that could be true because most of the nation will spend most of January and February doing something besides watching the Davidson star perform. It's an unfortunate fact. But a little research showed a lack of television exposure because of a non-BCS affiliation won't necessarily hinder Curry's shot at National Player of the Year honors, if history is any measuring stick. In fact, five of the past nine years have produced Oscar Robertson Trophy winners from non-BCS leagues.

.Here's a list of Oscar Robertson Trophy Winners since 2000:

(Bold indicates players from non-BCS leagues)

2008 - Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)
2007 - Kevin Durant (Texas)
2006 - Adam Morrison (Gonzaga)/J.J. Redick (Duke)
2005 - Andrew Bogut (Utah)
2004 - Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's)
2003 - David West (Xavier)

2002 - Jason Williams (Duke)
2001 - Shane Battier (Duke)
2000 - Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati)

* Martin's 2000 honor came when UC was in C-USA, not the Big East.
Category: NCAAB
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