Once debated as the greatest point guard in NBA history before ESPN chilled out, Steph Curry’s amazingly high volume of 3-point shooting has his name all over the NBA record books.
Now the Golden State Warriors star has entered history in a different category, becoming the first player in league history to twice be ejected for throwing his mouthguard in a fit of rage.
Curry whipped the chewed-up piece of plastic at an official late in the Warriors’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, receiving an early trip to the showers. The first incident, of course, came when he hit a fan in the front row toward the end of Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.
According to basketball historian James Ives, Curry could very well be the first player at any level to do it twice.
“Even when you’re mad, it’s not usually a natural motion for a player to want to throw his mouthpiece,” Ives said. “It’s disgusting and covered in slobber, so it’s really just common decency to not make someone have to touch that.”
“And then to do it twice in 18 months? They just don’t make crybabies like that anymore.”
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Curry is also tied for the NBA record for fewest Finals MVP awards with several other players including Bob Sura, Andray Blatche and Cavs No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
The videos of the two mouthpiece-throwing incidents are below. It is recommended that they are watched on a loop at least 25 times each.