Steph Curry and the Three-Ball: My Star Turn on NPR

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the game-winning shot over Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) in overtime during a NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Dallas. Golden State won 122-120. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the game-winning shot over Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) in overtime during a NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

Around the time of the NBA All-Star game, NPR’s sports reporter Tom Goldman wrote me to see if I’d be interested in doing an interview on the relationship between Steph Curry’s rising popularity and the advancing importance of the three-point shot in the NBA.  As a related question, I was to consider whether these signify the passing of the torch from LeBron James to Curry.  Tom passed on a couple of articles  by Darren Rovell and Brian Windhorst that had prompted his thinking.

We talked for about an hour at the time and I shared my perspectives, including my admiration for Curry’s play on the court, which is not only effective but beautiful.  But I focused on the deeper factors in the history and culture of basketball that might lead pundits to desire Curry (and the three ball) over LeBron as an emblem for the game and the league, including race and a growing obsession, in all areas of American society, with efficiency.  Unfortunately, most of those reflections were left on the cutting room floor due to time constraints.  I may share those views in a later post.  But for now I wanted to share the interview as it aired this morning on NPR’s morning edition.

You can also see the transcript here.

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