Truehoop had this today on Stephen Curry and the unusual attention he has attracted of late:
Davidson’s Stephen Curry was the darling of the NCAA tournament last year, and he has only gotten better. Last night, he played Loyola, and they double-teamed him. There are different kinds of doubles. Some start on the catch. Some start when the star puts the ball on the floor. This one started at the opening buzzer. Just two guys, all night long. Curry did an amazingly mature thing: He simply stood in the corner, scored zero points, and let his four-on-three teammates whoop it up, having a field day. Davidson won by a country mile, and Loyola’s coach Jimmy Patsos is quoted by the Associated Press saying: “We had to play against an NBA player tonight. Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I’m a history major. They’re going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?” I’m not a history major, but I’ll remember that Coach Patsos stuck with a crazy scheme long after it was proven to have been a crazy scheme, assuring his team a loss.
Many may know Curry as the son of former NBA sharpshooter, Dell Curry. However this Curry seems destined to go on to be much more famous than his father, even representing his country at the 2007 U19 FIBA World Championships in Serbia.
Fox Sports had this to say on the Curry-love going on in the Loyola-Davidson game:
Stephen Curry has seen plenty of defenses. Box-and-ones, diamond-and-ones, triangle-and-twos and plenty of double teams throughout his career.
But this was ridiculous.
From the moment the ball was tossed up to start Tuesday night’s game against Loyola (Md.), Davidson’s star guard was hounded by two defenders.
They didn’t leave him – no matter where he went.
That was the instruction put forth by Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos, who has added to his recent antics – which included sitting down the end of the bench a couple weeks ago for the entire game and handing off the coaching duties to his assistants in a loss to Cornell.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop told FOXSports.com shortly after the victory. “From the time the ball entered the court, there were two guys on him and they didn’t leave him the entire game.”
“I felt like I was dreaming,” Curry added. “It was the weirdest thing ever.”
Curry put up the goose-egg for the first time in his career.
That’s right. No points on just three shots against Loyola.
Most players would have called it a nightmare instead of a dream. Not Curry.
Instead of trying to force shots and get his numbers, Curry decided to stand in the corner and take the two defenders with him, allowing his teammates to play four-on-three the entire game.
“I had the best seat in the house,” Curry said.
FIBA had this video interview with the rising star: