MARCIO Lassiter never ceases to be amazed by the way Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry play.
And so more than ‘Be Like Mike,’ the San Miguel gunner wants to be ‘like Steph.’
“I pattern my game after him,” said Lassiter of the reigning NBA MVP, who is currently on fire after scoring 30 points – 21 in the third period – in the Warriors’ 50-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday (Manila time).
“I just try to be like him. I play my game after him.”
Like Curry, Lassiter is also a streak shooter whose outside snipings helped the Beermen win two of three PBA championships staked last season.
During the semifinals of the season-ending Governors Cup, Lassiter averaged 20.5 points in the five-game series against Rain or Shine, shooting a remarkable 20-of-31 from three-point range for a high 64.5 shooting clip.
In Game Two alone, Lassiter put on a shooting clinic by firing 10 three-pointers (10-of-13 from downtown) to finish with 31 points in a heartbreaking 113-110 loss.
The 10 triples however, were the most in a PBA playoffs since former MVP Kenneth Duremdes also made the same number of three-pointers for Sta. Lucia in 2003.
But Curry is simply a cut above the rest, according to Lassiter, amazed at the way the son of former NBA player Dell Curry torched the New Orleans Pelicans for 53 points in a 134-120 win and awed with Steph’s 24-point first quarter explosion – he finished with 40 - in the Warriors’ season-opening game against the same team.
“I was halfway there (24 points), but I need to play the whole game,” said a laughing Lassiter, who finished with 12 in 25 minutes of play in the Beermen’s last outing against Meralco, 101-85.
“I’m just pleased at what he does. He’s just one of my idols and I’ve been following him for a long time ever since college,” said the former Cal State Fullerton forward.
Lassiter admitted having met Curry in the US a couple of times, although the San Miguel star said he has better knowledge of Steph’s teammate Klay Thompson, who forms the other half of the dreaded ‘Splash Brothers.’
“I played Thompson more,” he said. “But there was a time when I went to the game and I met him (Curry) a few times. My teammates know him so we talked a little bit, but not really personal. I just know him.”
Lassiter hopes the season would also be a productive one form him and the Beermen just the way it has been so far for Curry and the reigning champion Warriors.
“He’s just been getting really good each year,” said Lassiter of Curry.