Steph Curry is the best shooter on the planet. He’s the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. But according to Curry, he has had trouble seeing for his entire NBA career.
That shouldn’t sound possible, but Curry said he just recently busted out of a shooting slump by getting contacts.
The Warriors star spoke with The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II, and their long-running debate about “The Book of Eli’s” twist was applied to Curry … (Sort-of spoiler: Both had been able to perform at an elite level despite the vision problems.)
“I started wearing contacts,” Curry said. “No, I’m serious.”
Curry has the condition, Keratoconus, which causes distorted and blurred vision. After slumping following the All-Star break, Curry has gone nine straight game with five-plus makes from 3-point range. Curry says the contacts have entirely changed the game for him.
“It’s exactly that,” Curry said when asked by Thompson if he feels like he has new eyes. “It’s like the whole world has opened up.”
Still, this is a player who has four of the five most prolific 3-point seasons in NBA history (and holds the record with 402 threes). Could his vision really be that bad? Why wait to address the issue in his 10th NBA season? What if it’s a bad thing? So many questions!
Basically, Curry’s condition has worsened over time. Despite battling vision issues his whole career, Curry said he had gotten so used to squinting.
The sample size is small, but Curry’s contacts might just be the Warriors’ late-season MVP.