Stephen Curry Addresses Missing All-Star Starter Spot for First Time Since 2014

Warriors Star Curry Embraces New NBA All-Star Landscape.

by Nouman Rasool
Stephen Curry Addresses Missing All-Star Starter Spot for First Time Since 2014
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In a surprising twist for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, a name synonymous with basketball excellence, finds himself omitted from the starting lineup for the first time in almost a decade.

This unexpected development marks a significant shift in the landscape of the NBA, underscoring the rise of new talents in the league. The announcement on TNT's "Inside the NBA" revealed that the Western Conference's starting guard positions would be occupied by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.

This selection ends Curry's streak of consecutive starts, a run that began in 2014 and only interrupted in 2020 due to injury.

Curry Praises Contemporaries

Curry, ever the epitome of sportsmanship, responded with characteristic grace when asked about the decision.

He acknowledged the remarkable performances of both Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic, who are enjoying career-high seasons. "You got two guys that are playing amazing this year, Luka and Shai," Curry said, as reported by ClutchPoints.

His comments reflect not just his humility, but also his recognition of the evolving talent within the league. The context of Curry's non-selection is noteworthy. The last time he was healthy and not a starter, the world was a very different place: Barack Obama was President, Kevin Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and TikTok had yet to emerge as a cultural phenomenon.

Despite leading Gilgeous-Alexander in fan votes and only trailing Doncic, Curry placed third in the player vote and fourth in the media vote, falling behind Anthony Edwards. His track record of starting in every All-Star Game from 2014 to 2023, save for the injury-marred 2020 season, underscores the magnitude of this year's change.

The Western Conference starters, including Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic, will join forces with team captain LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, and Kevin Durant, now with the Phoenix Suns. The anticipation now turns towards the selection of the All-Star reserves, set to be announced on February 1st.

Curry, alongside Anthony Edwards, is widely expected to secure a spot as a reserve guard, a testament to his enduring impact on the game.

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