Legendary college coach quick to defend Steph Curry amidst criticism

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Stephen Curry's rise to the pinnacle of the NBA hasn't been without its critics.

As the Golden State Warriors star has set about re-defining the shooting game and breaking numerous NBA records in the process, he has had to withstand calls that he is harming the future of the game.

That group, largely comprised of pros of generations past, have claimed Curry's penchant for three-point shooting is dangerous because it will lead to younger, less talented players, trying to copy him.

That isn't an opinion shared by Mike Krzyzewski, however, and, considering the University of Duke head coach is one of the most respected names when it comes to nurturing young talent, that ought to count for something:

"No, I’d like them to play like (Steph)," Coach K said, via ASAP Sports, when asked if he discourages players from trying to copy the reigning NBA MVP.

"I’ve coached Steph twice, and if they can play like that, that would be cool, man. It would be a lot better.

"I think Steph is a great example of preparation and consistent preparation and love of the game. You see it manifested in his talents and what he does. But the preparation that he has and the attitude that he has on a day-to-day basis to do his best are amazing examples for kids."

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Curry's rise to prominence has been possible thanks to a combination of natural talent and a determination that sees him rise to every challenge. His game may not sit well with every basketball fan, but there is no doubt that he is in uncharted territory because of it.

He may gain plaudits for his shooting beyond the arc, but the Dubs star's game is about far more than making crazy three-pointers. A fact, Krzyzewski is keen to make clear to potential NBA stars of the future:

"I think he’s an amazing example for constant improvement, constant love of the game, constant hunger to show that he can do it again, never satisfied, all those things are alive and well with Steph Curry. Those are great examples for our guys to watch. So we like when they watch him."

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