The Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been touted as one of the best shooting duos in NBA history, but might a couple of 40-somethings be able to beat them in a shooting contest?
Dell Curry, Stephen’s father, and former Charlotte Hornets teammate Glen Rice think they can pull it off even against the young guns who have poured in 260 3-pointers a little more than halfway through this season.
“Just shooting, I could hold my own,” Dell Curry told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Friday. “Absolutely. I know Glen Rice could. I would take the old guys in that.
“When I’m shooting against my son, I’m really focused.”
The shooting contest was proposed by SiriusXM’s Lionel Hollins in an interview with Rice on Thursday.
“Let me tell you something,” Rice said with a laugh. “You give me and Dell about a month to get in some kind of condition, you know we’re going to think we can take ‘em. I mean, that’s just how we think.
“Tell Dell to get in shape, and me and him will take on his son and Mr. Thompson, and we’ll let them know who the real shooters are. Although they are great, but there’s better ones out there, and they’re in the past.”
Dell Curry and Rice played together from 1995-98 and finished their careers as 40-percent 3-point shooters. Rice said Stephen Curry’s success was no surprise after having watched his teammate’s pre-teen son hoist up shots from beyond the arc, and he praised Thompson as well.
“That duo they have, I mean that’s like the one-two punch of shooters of all time right there,” Rice said. “It’s just incredible to see those two guys Curry and Thompson do their thing. As a shooter, I love seeing it.”
Stephen Curry was named a Western Conference All-Star Game starter, garnering the most fan votes out of any backcourt player in the NBA, and his father confirmed that the two shared an emotional, short conversation after the announcement.
“I voted a lot more this year than normal,” Dell Curry said with a laugh, adding that he was more nervous than Stephen during the announcement and very disappointed by his son not making the All-Star team last season.
“He’s gone through a lot — ankle surgeries two years in a row, really doubting whether he was going to be able to stay healthy enough to play like he’s playing now. It really makes me proud, and I did get a little emotional.”