Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry has a lot of years left: He’s ‘one of the best athletes on the planet’

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092222 currykerr Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry has a lot of years left: He's 'one of the best athletes on the planet'

Over the past decade or so, debate has arisen around the ubiquitous incorporation of analytics into sports. Traditionalists categorically reject the idea that computers are better at figuring out how to win games than humans, and long for the days when the term “load management” was reserved for the factory floor.

There are certainly arguments on both sides, but it’s hard to deny that advances in sports science have led to better-conditioned athletes capable of playing at higher volumes for longer periods of time. Tom Brady in football, Justin Verlander in baseball, LeBron James in basketball — they all said goodbye to their traditional “primes” long ago, but are still great in their respective sports.

There was a time when we thought basketball players shouldn’t lift weights because large muscles would mess up their shooting mechanics. Now that coaches tune into hyper-specific regimens for each player, year-round programs include lifting on game days.

If anyone can attest to the benefits of coaching analytics, it’s Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. It’s easy to forget as he enters his 14th NBA season, but Curry’s basketball future is in question due to major ankle problems. Thanks to medical procedures, strength and conditioning programs and an undying work ethic, Curry has been one of the league’s most durable and productive stars, playing in at least 60 games in nine of the past 10 seasons.

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As he prepares to turn 35 in the 2022-23 season, there are questions about when we’ll start seeing signs of Curry’s decline. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that he feels the future Hall of Fame guard has plenty of basketball left in him and that Curry can be seen dazzling on the court as he pushes 40 years old.

“With Steph, I think you have to consider a lot more than age. You can’t look at his age and go, OK, he’s only got one year left, or two years left, because that’s traditionally players. Start fading,” Kerr said. “When I think of Steph, I think of Steve Nash a lot. I saw Steve play at a very high level in Phoenix until he was 40 years old. John Stockton did the same thing in Utah. You’re talking about athletes who are so committed to their craft, to their bodies, to their conditioning. Steph’s day. Every aspect is dedicated to being at the top of his game as much as he can.”

Kerr said that while Curry may not look the part of a great athlete, he is actually the elite of the elite.

“You’re talking about one of the best athletes in the world,” Kerr said. “Maybe not in terms of how high you jump or how fast you are, the traditional athletic standpoint. But when you talk about hand-eye and balance and core strength, Steph is one of the greatest athletes on the planet. All of that matters. His talent. He’s very At the top, it’s not an accident. He’s both really, naturally talented, but absolutely dedicated. I fully expect him to have many more years.”

The idea of ‚Äč‚Äčathleticism also evolved, partly due to analytics. The emphasis on vertical leaps and sprint speed has softened, especially in basketball, where attributes such as deceleration and balance have come to the fore. That’s why players around the league constantly comment on Curry’s conditioning and strength, especially compared to where he was when he came into the league.

Curry is coming off the worst shooting season of his career in what could be considered the best year for any man. He averaged 25.5 points per game on 44/38/92 shooting splits, compared to a ridiculous 48/43/91 split over his first 12 seasons. Any thoughts of falling They were quickly put to bedHowever, when he earned his first NBA Finals MVP in a six-game win over the Boston Celtics in June, Curry averaged 31.2 points on a 48/44/86 split.

Curry certainly shows no signs of slowing down, and his talent combined with an elite conditioning level and work ethic could lead to an extended prime like other superstars have enjoyed in recent years.

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