The NBA will go forward with holding All-Star Game festivities this season despite previously canceling the planned event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Is it possible that Stephen Curry may make a surprise appearance in the skills competition side of things?
The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter hinted Wednesday night at the possibility of him participating in the Three-Point Contest during the scaled-down All-Star Game event on March 7 in Atlanta, Ga.
“All good ideas, um, we’ll see what happens, to be honest, haven’t committed either way yet,” Curry told Clutch Points of taking part in the ASG’s three-pointer shootout.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has officially signed on to compete in the Three-Point Contest, lending desired star appeal to the showcase.
However, adding Curry to the lineup would obviously be a major coup for the NBA, as the Warriors sniper is without question one of the best outside shooters in the league history.
A five-time participant in the Three-Point Contest, Curry won the skills showcase in 2015, finished second in 2016 (losing to Warriors teammate Klay Thompson) and was again runner-up at the 2019 All-Star Game.
Interestingly enough, Curry said he would “most likely” retire from the competition in 2015 but keeps coming back.
However, footage from his 2015 victory provides ample evidence as to why the superstar would bring electricity to this year’s events.
On this date in 2015, Stephen Curry won the NBA's Three-Point Contest with a then-event record score of 27. Curry hit 13 consecutive threes in the championship round, the second-most consecutive shots ever made in the event and most in the final round. pic.twitter.com/lLR3qY1FBo— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 14, 2019
During his comments Wednesday, Curry weighed in on the notion of having the center rack in the Three-Point Contest placed as center court to spice things up a bit.
“That will actually be an interesting change for the three-point contest,” Curry said. “In terms of seeing people’s range and the conversation of how deep guys can shoot it consistently, so we'll see.”
Curry is of course renowned for hitting shots from way downtown, both in warmups as well as during games, so he obviously would love to see such a wrinkle added to the contest.
Still, it remains to be seen whether Curry will ultimately participate in this year’s All-Star Game festivities, which has been the subject of much controversy given the circumstances of conducting such an event amid the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, the NBA has plans in place to create a “mini-bubble” in Atlanta, but significant skepticism on the players’ side remains.