Having dominated the NBA this season, Stephen Curry's game has been scrutinised to the nth degree in recent months.
With so much attention on the Golden State Warriors star, it has been impossible to miss the numerous pre-game and in-game quirks that go along with his exceptional play on the hardwood.
Many of them - from his pre-tip-off sprints to the gesture he makes after a made three - have become familiar, but the reason behind them have been unclear. Now, in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, the two-time NBA MVP has offered an explanation for his many mannerisms.
Relaying a conversation he had with Curry a few weeks back, the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami quizzed the GSW star on some of his quirks.
Here are some of Curry's answers...
On his pre-game "locked in" Tweet:
"It pretty much encompasses everything I need to get ready for a game. And I love Tweeting it because now it’s almost like some of the fans get excited."
On tapping his chest and pointing to the sky after a three-point shot:
"Back in college my freshman year, my mom and I started that. Every time after the national anthem stopped, I’d find her in the stands whenever she came to my game and we’d do the sign to each other.
"Basically means ‘have a heart for God.’ It keeps the perspective for me why I play the game and where my strength comes from."
On sprinting from half court to the opponent's basket before the game begins:
" Me and David (Lee) did that. I wanted something to get my heart rate going before the game started. So that little run helped me.
"And then probably half-way through me and D. Lee’s second year here together, he noticed I started to do it every game and so he’d be standing at the top of the circle right there and we’d race, basically...I’d always win, though."
Curry discussed a number of the other subtle rituals in the full interview, which can be seen here.
Considering the campaign he has had, don't be surprised to see a number of other plays next season suddenly develop a series of complex pre-game superstitions come next season.