Stephen Curry‘s season can’t get much better than it is right now, can it? His team wins 67 games. He wins the NBA MVP. He cooks Chris Paul on multiple occasions. He has Golden State in the Western Conference Finals and after out-dueling James Harden during a Game 1 Warriors win, he sets the Twitter world on fire after taking over the postgame press conference.
After the Warriors won Game 1 over Houston, 110-106, with Curry throwing up 34 points and six three-pointers (several of them in key, late-game clutch situations), the NBA’s most popular player brought his daughter to the postgame podium. Two-year-old Riley completely stole the show and had everyone all over social media laughing.
In other news, a high school kid from Texas named Jecoby Bush showed out by hitting his chin on the rim. One of the craziest things we’ve ever seen. Combine that with an interesting promise from a future NBA Draft pick, as well as J.R. Smith doing J.R. Smith things, and Style Points is especially lit this week. This segment of The Drop is never about what you do but how you do it and no one better represented that over the past week or so than these folks.
In this week’s Style Points: Stephen Curry’s Highlight Season Continues; High School Basketball Player Hits His Chin on the Rim.
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STEPHEN and RILEY CURRY
Curry is producing at a historic rate for Golden State and he’s been so entertaining this year that he probably deserves his own TV show. But not even the head of the Curry household was ready for what lil’ Riley unleashed on the world following the Warriors’ Game 1 win.
Some journalists called for an end to the proceedings, saying children shouldn’t be allowed into a situation where reporters are working on deadline. But how can you hate on this swag? When your 34-point performance to punch an opponent into submission isn’t even as exciting as what happens afterward, you know you’re on to something.
During a Game 1 that saw the Atlanta Hawks threatening to take an important first game in the Eastern Conference Finals, Smith came off the bench and obliterated the home team, dropping 28 points and a ridiculous eight three-pointers. His numbers were especially important considering starting shooting guard Iman Shumpert made just one bucket all night and because Kyrie Irving was again troubled by his knee and foot injuries, scoring only 10 points.
Cleveland needed a big moment from a role player and Swish provided it. I feel like the more difficult the shot, the more likely this dude is to make it. He thinks so too, telling reporters that he’d rather take a tough shot than an easy one because he isn’t about that boring life. Amazing.
To me, this is just crazy. I remember growing up as a fan of James White and seeing what he could do in high school: dunking with two hands from the foul line (EASILY); windmilling from the charity stripe; switching the ball in mid-air. He was a freak. But the 6-9 Bush, a senior at Clear Springs High School in Texas, might’ve topped anything Flight White did. This is so unreal you just need to watch.
Minnesota earned the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, where they will most likely take one of two elite big men: Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor. Towns is generally accepted as the player who will fit in better within the new playing style of the NBA, but word is that Okafor could be the pick for ‘Sota. They need a low-post presence, someone to work well beside Andrew Wiggins. The team has a ton of talent but not yet anyone who can be penciled in as a 20-points-per-game scorer, even if we think Wiggins could get there as early as next year. No matter what happens, Minnesota deserves some love for turning a rotten franchise into something that could potentially be the marvel of every team in the NBA down the road.
There’s a belief among most scouts that this is the best defensive swingman in the NBA Draft this year. He’s a surefire first-round pick. But Hollis-Jefferson isn’t just beastly on one end–he’s a pretty good offensive athlete too. Recently a reporter asked him about which player in the NBA he’d want to dunk on. His answer? Serge Ibaka. The former Arizona Wildcat said, “I don’t know if I should say this, because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint. But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I’m good.”
Ibaka played along too, saying he will be waiting. Just know, Serge, that the young fella already did this to 7-6 Mamadou Ndiaye: