‣ NBA and WNBA 3-point leaders, Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu, are reported to be planning a face-off in a 3-point shootout during the upcoming All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.
‣ The two athletes have a close relationship, with Curry having mentored Ionescu during her time at the University of Oregon.
‣ Ionescu led the WNBA last season with 128 shots from beyond the arc, while Curry is currently leading this season with 172 three-pointers in 38 games.
Two of the most prolific shooters in basketball will showcase their skills from beyond the arc during NBA All-Star Weekend.
Steph Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu.
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It’s been a hot minute since basketball fans first dreamed up the idea of seeing two of the greatest shooters in the game go head-to-head. Now, it seems like the NBA is finally tuning in to their wishes. Come next February, word on the street is that Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu will duke it out for long-range dominance at the upcoming All-Star Weekend.
Yeah, you got that right. The current NBA and WNBA 3-point leaders are mulling over a showdown in Indianapolis. Shams Charania, an insider who’s usually first on the scene, gave us the lowdown on where the buzz started and how likely it is to happen.
Charania spilled the beans, “Exciting competition planned: A 3-point Shootout between Golden State’s Stephen Curry and WNBA NY Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu at NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis, sources say. Two 3-point contest champions. Curry hinted at the possibility tonight while mic’d up vs. Kings.”
The Warriors’ point guard seemed to throw down the gauntlet to the Liberty star from afar. This happened during a chat with rookie Brandin Podziemski, just before the NBA march against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center kicked off.
“Do you know who holds the record for the most points in a 3-point competition?” Curry asked, mic’d up for the game. “I think I gotta bring her out and be like, we gotta settle this once and for all. I think I gotta challenge her. It’d be lit.”
The seasoned superstar had already accepted her challenge back in July. Now, he seems ready to walk the talk. The New York athlete topped the WNBA last season with 128 shots from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Curry is currently leading this season’s list with 172 three-pointers in just 38 games.
Over the years, Curry and Ionescu have formed a tight bond. The NBA player first stepped up as a mentor for Ionescu. This started when the four-time NBA champion began mentoring Sabrina during her time at the University of Oregon. The former No.1 WNBA Draft pick returned the favor by supporting Curry during Golden State’s playoff runs, and he reciprocated in 2020.
“I love having a relationship with [Curry], just being able to remember when I was little, watching him and kind of emulating my game after him, to now being able to call him or text him any time that I need help with something,” she said back in 2020.
When the pandemic hit, both players decided to train together while keeping their distance. Even though Ionescu has a twin brother, she confessed that she sees the Warriors star as another sibling. “It’s really crazy to think of, you know, I don’t really see him as a basketball player,” Sabrina said. “I see him as a person and a friend, almost like a big brother. It’s been cool to see our relationship grow and continue to grow.”