Nothing more to say

Sometimes, there’s so much said about a person that it hardly feels like there’s anything more to say.

Take Stephen Curry, the world’s most surprising sporting superstar – a guy a good few inches shorter than the average NBA legend, and yet someone who’s just led his team to the greatest record in NBA history, knocking off Jordan’s Bulls. I mean, what else do you say about a guy when so much has already been said?

They’ve covered his genius:

“Stephen Curry is not normal. He just broke the record for three-pointers in a single season, and there are still 24 games left to play. The record he broke was his own, set last year. Saying he’s the best shooter of all time undersells his shooting ability. Curry is so good at tossing the ball through the net that he makes other professional basketball players look pathetic by comparison. He is playing a different game than everyone else in the NBA. He is a great shooter like Einstein was a great physicist.”

– Josh Levin, Slate

They’ve commented on his entertainment-value:

“The fact of the matter is that it is more fun to watch Steph Curry play basketball than it is to watch almost anything else on television at the moment. He has struck a perfect balance between athletic skill and athletic performance…You go to a game to watch Steph Curry, and you’re better than even money to see something you’ve never seen before.”

– Charles P. Pierce, Slate

They’ve addressed his relatively humble persona:

“Every kid looks at Steph and thinks: I can shoot and dribble. I can do that. You don’t have to be like Mike anymore. You know, Mike was an asshole. I was an asshole, too. But you don’t have to be an asshole to be successful. Steph is living proof.”

– NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, The New Yorker

They’ve told us of his charity work:

“In 2013, Curry gave up a week of his off-season—including his anniversary—to come to a refugee camp in Tanzania to hang 37,000 antimalaria bed nets with us for Nothing But Nets, a charity I cofounded in these pages 10 years ago with the United Nations Foundation. What’s funny is that he paid for a lot of those nets. He donates three nets for every three-pointer he makes, which is like having your 14-year-old daughter donate three every time she checks her phone. Do you realize the NBA-record 288 threes he has made already this season…could cover half the beds in Togo?”

– Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated

They’ve shown that he’s a statistical anomaly that’s never been seen before:

“If Golden State could replace its entire offense with just the bottom quartile [shots when defenders are at their closest and the shots are furthest from the basket] of Stephen Curry’s 3-point attempts — without him ever being fouled and with them never collecting an offensive rebound — they would have the best offense in NBA history by a wide margin…Curry’s teammates should be willing to pass up reasonably good shots even if it means Curry will have less time to set up his own.”

– Benjamin Morris, Fivethirtyeight

They’ve shown that he’s breaking computer games:

“Curry is hitting, in real life, absurdly long-range three point bombs with regularity. He’s chucking these shots while moving, spinning and jabbing all over the place, often with a defender or two in his face. And these shots have gone in at such a high rate, even the video game version of Curry cannot keep up. The 2K team have found the balance for just about all the other 449 players in the league, except one, who’s like a glitch in the system. Until they figure that out, Curry will be the one guy whose video game counterpart is less dynamic than the real-life version. In a way, video game Steph is the realistic basketball player, while real-life Steph is the super powered avatar.”

– Ben Sin, Forbes

And they’ve compared him to other greats:

“Golden State reminds me of Federer. These Warriors are happy warriors, playing with smiles on their faces, enjoying the quest, winning over crowds and leavening the intensity of history with fun…This team is a pleasure to watch and difficult to root against. Why? ‘They’re doing things we’ve never seen before.’ ‘There’s no braying, swaggering confidence.’ ‘They seem to take pleasure in the performance and artistry.’ Tennis fans, of course, have heard these refrains before.”

– Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

All of which, really, leaves us with nothing more to say. Except:

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