Stephen Curry runs onto the court at Time Warner Cable Arena and a group of Davidson fans sitting nearby cheers wildly. On the bench Golden State assistant coach Lindsey Hunter begins to clap as if he's one of them and Curry laughs and begins to dance.
Curry, who starred at Charlotte Christian and Davidson, runs to midcourt to talk to Charlotte assistant coach Bob Beyer. Then he returns to the Golden State side, stands beneath the basket and shoots hooks -- left handed, left handed, left handed, right handed. He shoots with one hand from the free throw line, left hand and right hand. He shoots with exaggerated arc and no arc.
Loose now, he floats to the right side of the basket, inches inside the three-point line, and makes four straight. He loses an imaginary defender with a quick dribble between his legs and shoots. I never see him make more than four straight.
Then Curry slips into one of those zones where what he puts up goes in. He shoots from 22 feet the way the rest of the world shoots layups. There's no discernable effort. It so simple: Ball, hands, up, in, next.
If you're a fan of the game, what do you do?
You sit as close to the court as you can get and watch one of the great shooters in NBA history shoot baskets.