Tranquility is the ocean floor.
On sunny sunny days
When left to flow on the roads
Continuous movement by spraying dots
Unperturbed, it drips gently.
Giving life as a true environmental necessity of nature;
The heavenly divinity
by the enemy
The strength of the blue
Until the invincible strength of the water finally came out
Enraged, he plunged into the water in total destruction
The ones who went into the abyss.
Covering the invaders for the last sleep
They cry night and night
The big explosion, he jumped up
The legend that fell on the beach will live forever and ever
And once the destruction is done
He returns to peace in the sun
Myths vary from culture to culture. Poseidon is not necessarily the same as Neptune, just as Mazu is different from Lord Varuna. But, no matter what, every community always has a water lord.
In the religion of hoops, Stephen Curry rules the seas in our basketball bible.
His old title of “Splash Brother” no longer fits. “Splash” is very small.
He is an ocean now.
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Curry has consumed the NBA again, so fluidly, so violently, so completely unstoppable that almost no one saw his wave coming. The rapids were too great, the water too strong. His flow was unstoppable.
He has been comparatively quiet over the past few years, especially against the backdrop of 2015-19. But he was hearing suspicions that the sun had set on the sea. But that’s the deep, deep blue… a little chaos makes for a terrifying explosion. And he absolutely did.
Over the last 13 years we have seen his evolution from a single drop to an almighty ocean. The tide went up and out, he was constantly looking for personal expansion.
“The thing that amazes me about my younger self now that I know… is the fact that you never stop growing,” Curry tells KICKS. That’s what you think when you’re young, maybe you get to a point where you feel like every year the same thing happens or you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Even though there are times when I feel like I’ve reached the top, I know there’s still more to reach, and I know I haven’t really learned anything. There is more potential to realize. So the journey of repeating and repeating what you are doing will never stop, no matter how successful you are.
Success in the NBA is often measured by titles, which limits whether the barometer is true. Title number four is expected after heavy flood-inducing rain falls in number 30. Curry 4 consistently rocked Flotro throughout his comeback, especially in the “Lilac” colorway.
“Flotro is dope,” Curry says. “Flotro for me is combining the old with the new. That’s the name, but bringing the best parts of the flu [tech] To the old tops and old pictures that were part of my journey and a new look. So building on that creativity and performance with the blast from the past. Anyone who has rocked with me since day one will experience this, and even people who only know about me and my story can appreciate it.
The recently crowned champions bring Under Armor’s proprietary Flow Technology cushioning system that wears the rubber out of their shoes. Instead of relying on tire noise, their developers, engineers and designers cracked the code on how to make a full foam composite midsole. It’s been a great journey for Tom Ludek, director of design at Armor Innovation in Baltimore and overseas in China, and his peers. Since Flow was introduced to the world in late 2020, it was launched in Curie 8 and featured in Curie 9. These are the two images that helped Stephenson launch the Curry Brand. Flow will also be used on the upcoming Curry 10.
Who tells us everything he knows about the 10th signature sneaker from the water lord:
“The Curi 10 continues to define consistency and raise the level of your game. You can have 10 signature shoes and when you leave the Championship at this level, people want to be a part of that journey with you. We’re bringing back classic colorways that have meant so much to me throughout my career. A special moment. Success, It’s a celebration of travel, progress, work, memory, everything. The Curry 10, ball players should know that it’s to help them better, to help them perform better, to give them every advantage they can have on the court when they lace up, but also hopefully, happiness. It’s giving them in. That’s what I’m trying to express with the shoes. They get to put it in.
“The 10s continue to push the envelope with innovation in terms of getting back to the flow and traction and comfort that I want and love on the court. And also the upper and the stability and the fit and heighten the ride you have. We look for the best in terms of emotion and cushioning and stability on the court, and all of those things lead to great things happening on the court. So we are always trying to move to the next level.
“I think the story lines, the stories that we bring with the 10s, you can think of ‘Steel Draws,’ you can think of ‘Northern Lights,’ you can think of ‘Sour Patch Kids,’ you can think of all of them. Stories from other signature shoes that I’ve thrown in. It’s just moments. I can think back to some of the games I’ve worn those shoes on. I can think about what the inspiration was then and how it still applies and relates to now. Even with ‘Sour Patch Kids,’ it’s not just the fun and high energy that we’re trying to bring to my shoes, but the sourness behind the smile and Sweet — killer instinct. That’s something I’ve always thought about, and it’s good to bring that back.”
The killer behind the smile. Really really not sweet with curry. It never happened. He has done a good job of hiding his meaty rivalry from television cameras and social media. Until this year that is. This year, in the very few times he didn’t go his own way and in the many times he did, he was decidedly more demonstrative. There were too many people to disturb the calm waters. By now, everyone knows about the infamous “night, night” celebration, but there were plenty of times on the Celtics where he let the emotion go. We see him express his pain, his frustration, his anger, his aggression, his joy and finally his tears.
The Vulnerability of a God.
For many years, he used the word “statement” when talking about the game in interviews. This choice of words is consistently defined by those conducting the interview. But that one word gives an insight into how it was so prosperous. Basketball Stephen Curry is not just about basketball.
“Basketball has always been expressive, but it was this natural part of the game that came to me,” he said. “I don’t think I really realized the impact it would have, or the unique way I play the game and how much fun you have, the drama, the creativity and all that, I didn’t realize that. Until maybe Davidson, I was running my sophomore year during the race. Not only did we win, but you found ways for people to adapt to your style and kind of become part of the narrative. You can show your killer instinct, you can show your competitiveness, you can show your level of care. You can show gratitude, selfishness. All these things can be explained without saying how to play. But that killer is probably the biggest thing you can say about how you approach each game.
The boundaries of normal life begin to cross between years of pursuit. Try to count the number of jump shots that Wardell Stephen Curry II took in his 34 years on this planet. The inflated figures that immediately accompanied that idea were probably not as many as he actually put it. There was more work, more thought, more peaks and more valleys than anyone could ever know. All that commitment, all that sacrifice, both physically and mentally, must be combined with something beyond the game. With all that commitment, the adventure begins to take on a deeper meaning. Involuntarily, the scope of the game increases. It happens almost unconsciously. The more time he spends as a player, the more he grows into himself, until one day he finds himself in a world that has a different meaning for the player, where the lessons learned are enlightening. The game is for yourself. Everything Curry said can be said in the game, his “killer instinct”, “competitiveness”, “level of care”, “gratitude”, “selfishness” is on the other side of that door. And as the great explorer the game is known in the modern era, Curry used it to make the game the farthest from the three-point line.
In response to the quest, the game gave him a creativity key, fearlessness and an expansion key.
He’s not afraid to waste rubber on his sneakers. He’s not afraid of shooting 30-footers in the NBA Finals. I’m not afraid to cry on national television.
He has been expressing himself.
“It’s a confidence expression when I do the look-away three, the work I’ve put into it,” Curry said. . And I feel so good I have to go around. It’s not really about or showing anyone else. It’s about me and expressing confidence to another level.
It’s about him. There is no competition left. There is only one Lord of the waters.
But this time it’s not just about him. Perhaps unintentionally, it is bringing more people to the beach. More and more people want to leave the coast because it has shown them the power of the natural elements that cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. His play style is some kind of collective, spiritual agent who gathers divers, other explorers are not skilled enough to be him. But you can appreciate it.
Being able to inspire is a great gift. It is sacred to show people that limitations are only perceptions. But where does the motivator find his inspiration? In the same game he rules.
“There’s room in my mind and spirit for more imagination,” Curry says. “More self-expression, more times when people see a different side of you because every year is so different. The tests are different. It will require many of you, and that will bring about different responses, different self-expression and presence on the court. But that’s what makes the puzzle so dope and so fun. I don’t know what that looks like, but I’ll keep living. You know what happened this year and our journey to win the championship, the awards I got, the night, the night things, all that stuff that I don’t know is going to happen, but I love the journey and everything will take care of itself. So now the challenge is to keep that energy, keep the attitude, go back to the drawing board and try to be the best version of yourself. Because you are never, ever completely.
Brooks and streams, rivers, lakes and bays find their way to the ocean, where from underground, deep, dark, cold trenches come the most ferocious killers. Real rulers.
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