It is a regular sight during NBA games – of his mouthguard hanging out of Steph Curry’s mouth and the Golden State Warriors star chewing it. Why exactly does Curry do it – what has he said about it?
The Golden State Warriors are in another NBA Finals, going up against the Boston Celtics for the 2022 championship.
After two games, as of June 6th 2022, the series is tied at 1-1 after the Warriors bounced back from defeat in game one with a comfortable 107-88 win over the Celtics.
In the game, GSW star Steph Curry produced a game high 29 points to level things up going into game three.
During the game, Curry continued with his tradition of chewing his mouthguard.
Why exactly does Steph Curry chew his mouthguard in NBA games – and why does he even need one?
Steph Curry chews mouthguard
The idea of wearing a mouthguard in the NBA is pretty simple.
In a sport where there’s sometimes a loose arm or elbow, it is best to protect yourself.
It is Steph Curry’s own choice to wear a mouthguard in the NBA – with the decision stemming back to an incident in his college days when he was elbowed in the mouth.
He explained the decision to talk show host Jimmy Kimmel back in 2015, after being elbowed in the face back in his college days.
As for chewing the mouthguard constantly in NBA games, Curry explained that it helps him channel nervous energy, allowing him to focus on the task or shot at hand.
“I just chew on it like crazy, and it kind of clams me down,” he explained. “Especially when I am at the free-throw line so I can get in my rhythm.”
Are they mandatory in the NBA?
The NBA has not mandated either way whether players should wear mouthguards or not – so Steph Curry is still free to chew on his for now.
However, there are some rules in place for those who do choose to play with one.
The colour of the mouthguard must be solid – white, black, clear or in a team’s primary colour.
Moreover, it must be just a simple mouthguard with no logos or sponsor deals on it.
The only thing allowed on the mouthguard – apart from teeth marks – is the logo of the player’s team.
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