The Steph Curry effect that is sweeping the nation is real.
For its cover story Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle stopped by an East Bay Soldiers’ practice in Richmond to confirm that Curry’s incredible shooting ability is causing youth basketball players to launch an increasing number of long-range shots.
“Every kid who plays basketball right now wants to be Steph Curry,” Head Coach Sef Sunia told the Chronicle. “They think he’s Superman.”
Aquil Perkins, an 11-year-old from Pinole who plays for the Soldiers, wears a mouthpiece after he saw Curry using one. Kids have also been tapping their chests and pointing to the sky after making a shot, like Curry, the Chronicle reported.
While some coaches have criticized Curry’s influence, saying it is causing youth to take ill-advised shots, Sunia points out there is also a positive effect.
Also, more kids are trying out for basketball due to Curry’s influence.
It helps, too, that Curry is known as a good person off the court, a devoted husband and father who is charitable. Sunia cautions, however, that kids should be working on close-range shooting if they want to make shots with any consistency from beyond the arc.
Read the Chronicle’s full report here.
In the photo on the front cover of the San Francisco Chronicle (from left to right): Mehdi Dianiparedes, Ruben Ezekiel, Kai Ramirez, Ju Young and Aquil Perkins at East Bay Soldiers practice in Richmond, Calif., on Thursday, March 24.
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