Warriors newcomer Nick Young learned a quick, harsh lesson about having shooting contests with Stephen Curry

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  • Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young challenged Stephen Curry to a halfcourt shooting contest despite warnings not to.
  • Curry reportedly made the first shot and won the bet.
  • Young said he’s learned his lesson about betting with Curry.

Stephen Curry is widely known for having unlimited range on the basketball court, but Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young was apparently up to the task of challenging him anyway.

According to The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, Young, a career 37.6% three-point shooter, decided to challenge Curry to a halfcourt shooting contest early on in his Warriors career, despite Draymond Green warning him not to.

Young told Thompson it didn’t go well.

“The first one,” Young said. “He stepped right up and – the first one. I learned right then. Don’t bet that dude.”

It’s unclear how much money was at stake, but given Curry’s range, it stands to reason that he’s made a lot of money off of shooting contests over the course of his career.

Of course, Young should have been privy to this. Not only does he see Curry up-close in practice, Curry’s warmup routine became a national sensation two years ago. He regularly drains halfcourt shots to finish his pregame workouts.

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