Stephen Curry Had to Build His Own Driveway Basketball Hoop

In Thursday’s Hot Clicks: Steph Curry had to do some serious work to get some shots up, a Nationals pitcher gets a bad at-home haircut and more.
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Stephen Curry has had way too much time off during this NBA season. First, a broken hand caused him to miss four months of action. When he came back, he played in one game before coming down with the flu. And then the season was put on hold. 

Even worse, the NBA’s decision to close team facilities during the pandemic left Curry without a basketball hoop to shoot on. No, the greatest shooter in the history of the sport doesn’t have a hoop at his house—or he didn’t until recently.

After 16 days holed up at his Bay Area home unable to practice his craft, Curry’s wife, Ayesha, ordered him a Spalding hoop, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen.

When it arrived, it was up to Curry to assemble it himself. Just looking at the instruction manual left him feeling “overwhelmed,” Curry told the Journal

“I was very confident in myself going in,” he said. “That was shot down pretty quick.”

After five hours of laborious assembly, Curry finally had himself a target to shoot on. (Although, without an outdoor basketball, he was forced to let an indoor one get chewed up by the pavement.)

Cohen’s story goes on to highlight the other ways Curry is spending his unexpected time off. He’s practicing his golf game (he and Kent Bazemore played against each other on a golf simulator), helping his daughter Riley with schoolwork and participating in cycling competitions against his teammates on Peloton. 

But I want to know more about Curry’s quarantine hoop. Is it one of those ones with the big base that you have to fill with sand? With the really tiny backboard? We know he swishes all of his shots, but is the rim insanely unforgiving? 

With only one ball and nobody to rebound for him, imagine how funny it is to see one of the best basketball players of all time running around his driveway like a kid. Ayesha better share some video of that. 

Who wants free stuff? 

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