OAKLAND, Calif. —
“Any time he stops on a dime in transition after speed dribbling, crossover, or does anything, you’re sitting there like, ‘Wow,”’ Jackson said. “And not that it goes in. But if I made that shot, I’d be standing their watching it, making sure it looked good, felt good, and then I would act like I knew it was good.
“If he’s letting it go after that work, his body language is saying it’s money. It’s a thing of beauty watching. We are truly witnessing greatness from an all-time great shooter.”
Curry’s excellence also has pushed Thompson, and vice versa.
Thompson played most of his rookie year without Curry, who was sidelined with repeated problems on his now twice surgically repaired right ankle. Now they often hold shooting competitions, including making jumpers on one side of the free throw line and a corner 3-pointer — each make counts as one point and each miss as minus-two. First person to 10 wins.
“I’ve always been the best shooter on my team, from middle school on, I would say,” Thompson said. “To have a guy on my team who is just as good if not better than me, it’s really challenging, and I’m competitive.”
With both about to surpass 200 3-pointers this season, it’s also hard not to imagine what might be possible the longer they play together.
“Maybe one day,” Thompson said, “we’ll each get 250.”
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