Back in April 2013, Mark Jackson, who was then the Golden State Warriors' coach, made a bold declaration. Talking about his backcourt of point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson, Jackson said, "In my opinion, they're the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game."
That was high praise for two guys who, at that point, had just made their first playoff appearance.
Two-and-a-half years later, Curry and Thompson each have a championship ring. They earned them last season, when the guards led the Warriors to 67 wins, the 10th most in NBA history. Not only is Jackson's claim now widely accepted, but the Splash Brothers are part of the conversation for the greatest backcourt in history, period. (They got their nickname because of their ability to splash the net with three-pointers, and also because Golden State plays its games near San Francisco Bay.)
Curry was named MVP last year, and Thompson made his first All-Star team. It was only the second time in history that a backcourt featured an MVP and an All-Star, and the first time in 49 years.
So what are the secrets to their success?
It’s November – the time when the turkeys are carved, frost descends on the grass, and just about every NBA team at least thinks it has a shot at the title.
Some, however, have a better shot than others. Such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came oh-so-close to taking the crown last year even with two of its fabled “Big Three” injured.
But both of those stars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, as well as the incomparable LeBron James, return along with the usual suspects to lead Cleveland on what they hope will be another Eastern Conference title.
Jarrett Jack does not stay in one place for very long. Just take a look at his summer. From D.C. to L.A. to Las Vegas, the Brooklyn Nets' point guard zigzagged across the country to make appearances, visit friends, and look for new places to work out as he prepared for the 2015--16 season, his second with the team.
"When you're grinding during the season, you see the same practice gym," says Jack, who alters his workouts whenever he travels. "In L.A., I'll do sprints on the beach, which is something I can't do when I'm in Vegas. Switching up cities keeps my mind fresh and gets me in a good space."
At Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas, last month, the Jr. NBA hosted a basketball clinic to excite kids about the 2015–16 season. The tip-off in San Antonio was one of several held around the country to begin the first ever Jr. NBA Week, which featured events associated with all 30 NBA teams.
The Jr. NBA is a revamped effort by the league to encourage and teach kids ages six to 14 how to play basketball.
Cole High is located at Fort Sam Houston, and the event gave 75 children of military families the opportunity to participate in drills with help from San Antonio Spurs legend Bruce Bowen and current Spurs guard Patty Mills. The Jr. NBA wants to involve some of the biggest names in the game to show young players the skills and values of basketball.
“Basketball brings fun,” said Mills. “To be able to teach kids the right way to play basketball and what it means to play the right way, and for Bruce and me to be able to stand in front of them now and be their inspiration is what it’s all about.”
The Harlem Globetrotters are magicians on the basketball court. But did you know they’re also musicians on the hardcourt?
The 2015 NBA season is barely a week old, and we're already seeing records fall.
The first came Sunday night. the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker became the winningest trio in NBA history after the Spurs defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-87. Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker have won 541 regular season games together — a testament to their longevity as players and the steadiness of the Spurs organization.
You probably know Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as an NBA champion and the 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player. Oh, and a three-point master. He made more than 285 three-pointers last season! But did you know off the court, he’s also a pro at commercials?
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Curry while he was filming a commercial for Kids Foot Locker. We talked about his new shoe, the Curry 2 Dub Nation, which is hitting Kids Foot Locker shelves this week, his expectations for this season, and what he thinks about my little brother’s friends dressing up as him and Klay Thompson for Halloween. Check it out!