TakeTwo Interactive, otherwise known as 2K Sports, announced while making this year’s version of “NBA 2K” that the game would include Steph Curry’s mouthpiece-chewing habit. The 2015 NBA MVP is known for doing this as part of his free throw routine and now fans have gotten an exclusive look as part of the company’s promotion of the upcoming “NBA 2K16.”
Yahoo Sports shared the video via Curry’s Instagram and it shows off the attention to detail that gaming fans love about the most popular basketball video game franchise of all time.
It is the little things like this and inclusion of Curry’s wrist tattoo and the Bible verse on his sneakers that keeps bringing fans back to this game each year.
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Exclusive! Here’s the first time you can see @2k #NBA2K16 gameplay footage. After going through body/face scan and motion capture, watch my FT routine w/ my signature mouth guard. So nice! #flickofdawrist #shoegame #BeTheStory More gameplay coming on Monday from 2K in “Beyond the Shadows”
Maybe there is actually something behind the science of Curry’s mouthpiece habit. Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal recently talked about Curry’s accuracy as a free throw shooter with his routine.
Now here’s something to chew on: Curry has a higher free-throw percentage when his mouthguard is out of his mouth than when it’s in his mouth. According to The Count’s video review of his 337 free throws this season, Curry shot 89.5% with his mouthguard visibly in his mouth, but he shot 92.5% when the mouthguard was out of his mouth.
“Maybe we should communicate that to him,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said.
Fans don’t have much longer to wait as the game will release on September 29. Then, everyone will get to enjoy the sill quirks of the NBA in video game form.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY