On Friday, July 14, the American Century Championship celebrity golf event began at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. After losing the broadcast rights to the MLB, NBC needed a method to fill space, thus they created the event in 1990. Although the original competition lacked a sponsor at the time, performances by NBA celebrity Michael Jordan, NFL hero John Elway, and NHL great Mario Lemieux attracted a lot of attention.
The event this year will include a huge list of famous people, as usual. Ten NBA players, both current and former, will take part in the competition. Ray Allen, Charles Barkley, Vince Carter, Dell Curry, and Vinny Del Negro are among the names mentioned. The active athletes who will compete in the golf tournament include Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine, Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry, and Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry.
The organizers had placed basketball hoops at certain points throughout the golf course for the NBA superstars to have some fun. In a viral video on social media, Zach LaVine, Ray Allen, and Kyle Lowry tried the long-range shots, however, the Bulls and the Heat stars were able to cash it in.
Steph Curry was the first to score a long-range bucket on Thursday and got plenty of attention for it. Even basketball great Ray Allen joined the action, but he was unable to make a long-distance shot. Ironic since Allen is arguably one of the best shooters to ever play the game.
Curry seized the opportunity to score, but the basket was quite a distance away from him when he shot the ball over the spectators. After grabbing a basketball from adjacent to one of the tee boxes during his practice round on Thursday, the point guard made a long-distance shot. Naturally, he got it right the first time. He did the famous celebration used by former NBA sharpshooter JR Smith, getting down on one knee and raising three fingers from each hand.
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The competition's point guard has been outstanding, hitting one of the tournament's best shots. The audience cheered as Curry's tee ball made one bounce and found the hole .
This summer, the 35-year-old has more time to compete in golf tournaments, which is excellent for him. Steph has made it known that he enjoys playing golf to decompress. The Warriors great can't seem to get away from basketball because the sport is still tied to him even during his hiatus.