Unbeknownst to many, the DLSU Green Archers attended a mini-clinic held by NBA superstar Stephen Curry in a recent visit to the United States. The reigning MVP led the clinic, which was held in Oakland, California during a four-day game break in the NBA regular season.
Curry is currently enjoying unprecedented success with his team, the Golden State Warriors, who have a 66-7 win-loss record as of press time.
Last year, Curry was in the Philippines for a promotional world tour for Under Armour following a season that saw him winning the NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was during that world tour that Curry’s handlers got in touch with the managers of the Green Archers.
During the clinic, the Green Archers worked on their shooting, with Curry personally guiding the team in improving aspects such as their in-game shooting form as well as free-throw shooting. Last season, DLSU was the second-worst three-point shooting team in the UAAP, shooting just 22.5 percent from behind the three-point line.
“As we looked into our stats in the off-season, we shot poorly last season. Even in free-throw shooting, mahina kami, and one of the reasons we lost some games,” lamented assistant coach Siot Tanquingcen after the season ended.
Fortunately, with the reigning NBA MVP helping them out, the team is optimistic that they will bounce back from their dismal shooting performance. “We really shot poorly last season. That’s why it was a blessing for us to come here to the States and train with one of the best shooters of all time in Steph,” said team captain Jeron Teng, who, despite making the Mythical Five in Season 78, saw his free throw shooting percentage drop from 76.6 percent to 63.1 percent.
Meanwhile, point guard Thomas Torres, who shot a measly 21.6 percent from behind the three-point line all season long last year, relished the experience of training with a player he looks up to. “Personally, as a point guard like him, it’s been a dream to be training with [Curry] and being able to learn from one of the greatest shooters this game has ever seen,” commented Torres.
Joining Curry in the Bay Area wasn’t the only agenda for the Green Archers’ visit to the US, as they also held their team building there. “We really take our team buildings seriously. Improving the team’s relationship, communication, and trust is crucial point if we are to compete for a championship next season,” said newly appointed head coach Aldin Ayo.
“It was a great experience for us. Aside from the shooting drills with Steph [Curry], we focused on other intangibles as well. It was just us as a team,” added Teng, who will play his last year in Season 79.