Many NBA players take some time out each summer to blow off some steam, have a little fun and show off their offensive skills in exhibition contests featuring a mix of professional and amateur basketball talent. Sometimes things work out wonderfully for the NBA ballers and their fans alike (Kevin Durant dropping 66 at the Rucker, John Wall lighting things up in North Carolina, Jamal Crawford and Tyreke Evans showing out in Seattle, etc.) and sometimes, well, not so much (Brandon Jennings getting slapped by Mike Taylor, Michael Beasley and Matt Barnes getting into summer-league altercations, etc.). We're glad to report that Stephen Curry's trip to Kezar Pavilion to take part in a San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Summer Basketball League game on Wednesday night fell into the former category.
The Golden State Warriors All-Star suited up for S.F. City to take on Bay Pride on Wednesday in front of a reported crowd of about 2,500 spectators. He opened up cold, missing his first seven shots, but the man who's led the NBA in 3-pointers made and attempted in each of the last two seasons eventually found his rhythm and began to cook:
Here's what it looked like from the media seats, courtesy of Marcus Thompson III of the Bay Area News Group:
When all was said and done, Curry had dropped 43 points, including 25 in the second half, to propel S.F. City to a 110-104 win over Bay Pride. Afterward, Curry needed to be spirited away like the superstar that he is:
Steph Curry had to be escorted away - or his own safety. He was mobbed while trying to take a photo with the team. Followed him to his car
I'm not sure Mark Madsen got the same treatment when he played in the S.F. Pro-Am league back in '97, but I'd like to imagine he did.
Now, I know what you're saying: "Dan, looking awesome in games like these, where defense is optional at best, isn't really that big a deal." My counterpoint: when Steph does evil stuff like this, crossing between his legs, pulling it around his back and pulling up for a pure straightaway triple (via Ballislife):
... how much does any defense matter? (Also, a second point: Lighten up, Francis. It's summertime. Have some fun.)
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