Next Impulse- So, while Curry fully expects to “be impactful” and play his usual amount of minutes on Wednesday night, he will play with something that he says that he has never used before; a protective shooting sleeve. Steph will wear the sleeve on his right arm, which is on side of Curry’s body that took the brunt of his Game 4 spill.
“It’s just the impact of the fall,” Curry said. “My whole right side took the brunt of that force, and my head. It’s basically like a bruise all the way up and down your body that you’ve just got to deal with.”
Curry spoke with reporters about his new accessory and he didn’t seem concerned about it affecting his shot:
“Shot pretty well with it just now,” Curry said. “I don’t wear them ever, so it takes a little time to get used to.”
I'm not exactly an expert in the medical field, I will be damned if I haven't learned a thing or two about public relations in all my years of watching sports. Steph Curry wearing the spandex sleeve that Allen Iverson made famous is exactly that. You aren't going to fool me by telling me that a nylon sleeve with a gauze pad under it is some kind of precautionary measure that stems from him full on flipping over a 6 and foot man and landing on the side of his head. You know why? I have tried on one of sleeves before. They are about as preventative as a broken condom. They provide as much protection as a midget bodyguard. Whether you slide a youth soccer elbow pad underneath or not. You want to criticize the Warriors medical staff and question whether or not to they took the appropriate measures to ensure Steph Curry's health after he fell directly on his skull? Then this is what you are going to get. Some contrived statement about how Curry's side took the brunt of the fall and that he is 100% mentally healthy. Of course his head is fine, why else would he be focusing on his arm? Duhhhh.
You know how when you are trying to get the attention of baby so you hold up something shiny in front of his face and his eyes light up? That's exactly what Steph Curry is doing. "Head injury? What head injury? Look at this bright yellow sleeve I have on though. You want to ask about that?". Sometimes you just got to direct the media in the direction that you want to go. Plead a little ignorance. Talk about how much your side hurts. Play with a head injury you're irresponsible. Play with a bruised side you're a hero. Plus, it's a built in excuse if you have an off night shooting. That's what I call using the media to your advantage. It's as much of a deflection mechanism as LeBron's headband was, except it's far less obnoxious.