Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was in a bit of a shooting slump from February to early March, at least by his own lofty standards. But Curry has since hit at least five three-pointers in nine straight games, and during that time is hitting on an absurd 48.7 percent from deep.
So what changed? Well, he can see better now.
"I started wearing contacts," Curry told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. "No, I'm serious."
"I had gotten so used to squinting for so long," he added. "It was just normal."
According to Thompson, Curry has always had issues with his eyes:
"He said he has a condition called Keratoconus, known in the ophthalmology field as KC. Technically, it's an eye disease in which the cornea, normally a circle, progressively thins and takes on a cone shape. This distortion has given Curry what is known as an astigmatism, which is a type of error in the way the light bends when entering the eye. It doesn't distribute the light equally to the retina and leads to blurred or distorted vision."
So Curry, already the greatest shooter in NBA history, has had slight vision issues this entire time. The man who set the NBA record for threes made in a season (402) and holds four of the top five seasons in three-pointers made, has needed to blink or squint at times. The man who sits third on the all-time list of deep balls made (2,469), and is just 31, could possibly have seen more clearly this whole time.
If that doesn't put his greatness into perspective, well, nothing will.
Curry already changed basketball with his shooting. He's a lock as a Hall of Famer, and will arguably go down in history as one of the 10 greatest players to ever live. He's won three titles and is favored to make it a fourth this year.
And now his vision has improved. The legend grows.