Purvis Short wasn't aware until early Thursday of the one-man show Stephen Curry starred in Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
By mid-afternoon, Short felt as though he had relived the entire game - which included Curry scoring the most points by a Warrior since Short had a 59-point outburst against New Jersey in 1984.
"I wasn't able to watch the game, but I've been watching all of the highlights all morning," Short said. "He put on quite a performance. ... He's not only a tremendous player, but he's also a tremendous person. My hat is off to him. Wow, I think that will go down as one of the greatest performances ever at one of the greatest arenas."
Short has been working for 20 years with the player programs department of the NBA Players Association, which helps current players in such areas as career development, financial education and health education.
He knows a thing or two about great performances.
He was selected by the Warriors with the No. 5 pick in the 1978 draft and averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during a 12-year career, including nine seasons with the Warriors. His best years were in the Bay Area; he averaged at least 21.4 points per game in four consecutive seasons from 1982-86.
Widely considered the best player to never play in an All-Star Game, Short used a superb mid-range game and rafter-scraping jumper to seemingly score at will. He poured in 57 points in a victory over San Antonio on Jan. 7, 1984, and he bettered that night with a 59-point performance in a loss to New Jersey on Nov. 17, 1984.
"The night that I scored the 59, it was a great shooting performance, but it wasn't one of my happier times because we didn't win," Short said. "That took a lot away from it. Years later, you come to appreciate what you did, but it would sound a lot better if someone could tell the story about you scoring 59 in a game that you won."


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