Steph Curry’s had a very Steph Curry kind of start to his week. Everything we know about the NBA superstar; challenging injuries, skeptics, and the very boundaries of basketball excellence, all happened within a two-day stretch.
Dealing with injuries.
Leg injuries and Steph Curry have a fraught history. Since joining the league, he’s lost hundreds of games to myriad ankle and foot maladies. In 2013, SB Nation published a timeline compiling everything that’s happened since getting drafted up to then. It’s not pretty.
Since then, Curry has quite obviously turned a corner. Leading the best regular season team of all time allows us to comfortably say he’s doing just fine. That’s why time stood still throughout the Bay Area when Curry went down with a right knee sprain against first round opponent Houston Rockets. Even worse, he suffered the injury while recovering from an ankle sprain that cost him Games 2 and 3 with a sprained right ankle. Cue all the trauma from repeated, inexplicable injuries early in his career.
The Warriors played it safe by listing him as doubtful on Sunday. Kerr upgraded his status to questionable hours before the game. And then, rising from the ashes like a Phoenix, there was Curry, playing on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. And man, did he play!
Magical, brilliant displays of basketball dominance
Curry’s no stranger to delighting the basketball gods with unquestioned excellence. We wrote about the fear he strikes when his Golden State Warriors lay waste to their opponents. His Game 5 matchup against the Blazers was no different, but it didn’t start off well.
Curry struggled at the outset, missing the first nine three-point attempts. But, with the game tied and 4:30 left on the clock, he hit his first three-pointer. Then another. And another. Oh, man.
Curry dropped 40 pts overall, 18 of them in overtime. The Warriors stole victory from the jaws of defeat, and it was all thanks to number 30.
Winning accolades, then getting shaded immediately after
Curry won his second straight MVP. He led the league in points per game, had an ultra rare 50/40/90 shooting average, and even rarer scoring title plus 50/40/90 year. That combination is a club with one member: him. He’s the reigning MVP from last year. We knew this was coming.
We also knew that never ending collection of former players criticizing his game would strike again. Tracy McGrady, appearing on ESPN’s The Jump, drew the short straw on Tuesday:
For him to be the first player to get this unanimously, I think it just shows you how watered down our league is… if you think about when M.J. played, Shaq, I mean, those guys really played against top-notch competition. More superstars I think on more teams than it is in our league today, but it’s well deserved, I mean, because he had a hell of a season.
Like all retired athlete critiques of Steph, the former All Star’s complaints always terminate upon the good ‘ol days, which just so happen to include the era they played in, dressed in a nice collection of unsubstantiated assertions. No matter, because nothing Tracy (or Mark Jackson, or Oscar Robertson) can say will take Steph’s hardware away.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.