While Denver had a great season overall, they went off in the playoffs. Despite league MVP, Nikola Jokic putting his all, they couldn’t get past the Phoenix Suns. However, one young star that emerged was Michael Porter Jr. Recently, reports suggest that he worked out with Warriors’ Stephen Curry in the off season.
While Porter didn’t have consistent performances, his shooting potential was on display a few times through the playoffs, shooting 39.7% from deep. This season with Denver returning healthy, he could be one of the go to scorers. And who better to take notes from then Stephen Curry himself.
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after shooting a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Curry not only is the greatest shooter in this era, but his scoring ability is also one that’s at the top. While he can shoot the lights out, he is also a very creative finisher at the rim. But what is his most lethal weapon?
Conditioning is key for Stephen Curry
Curry is coming of an MVP caliber season with the Warriors. While he couldn’t take them to the playoffs, this season could be a whole new story. But how does he prepare for such a hard season that is coming up? Conditioning is the number one priority.
MPJ worked out with Steph Curry in the Bay Area for a week this offseason. Porter said Curry’s best attribute is his conditioning and game-speed that he practices at. He said all their drills turned into shooting competitions.
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When MPJ worked out with Curry, he found this out firsthand. And it is no surprise to see this. If you observe Curry, he is constantly moving on the court, His conditioning is so on point that he can wear out a defender even without having the ball. That is his most deadly trait as a player.
Finding the open space as a shooter is his main goal, and his conditioning helps him do just that. When he doesn’t have the ball, he runs and disrupts the entire defense. This ends with a Curry three for the most part. This could be major help to Porter Jr. too. He is also developing into a shooter and creating your own space is key.
May 4, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on New Orleans Pelicans forwards Naji Marshall (8) and center Jaxson Hayes (10) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
While there was a learning aspect to the training, the two stars couldn’t help but be competitive. Hence, Porter also stated that every drill turned into a shooting contest against Curry. However, he did not reveal the winner.
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