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Stephen Curry takes issue with NBA’s ‘precise’ height mandate

The NBA notified teams last month that the league will be cracking down on how the heights of players tend to be inaccurately reported at times.

The new policies enacted by the NBA has grown into an interesting side story as training camps have gotten underway, and Stephen Curry just made an interesting point about how player heights are now being measured.

As originally reported by Marc Stein of The New York Times, the league is requiring that teams “must certify and submit the precise height and age for every player.” That player data was ordered to be submitted to the league within the first week of training camp.

Further, the NBA mandated that players’ heights must be measured with their shoes off, which is what troubles Curry, as he relayed this week to reporters, including Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

“Without shoes, I’m officially 6-2 and 3-quarters,” Curry said. “But I don’t play basketball without shoes.”

The type of shoes players opt to wear obviously can have some impact on their height measurements, which is likely why the NBA required players to be shoeless in order to get the aforementioned “precise” measurement.

That said, the new policy clearly is being viewed as a minor annoyance by many players, including Curry’s teammate Draymond Green. The Golden State Warriors star recently took to Twitter to share his “precise” height, albeit in a somewhat snarky manner.

With training camps well underway, the entire hullabaloo surrounding the NBA’s new policy regarding height and weight measurements –which ultimately is not the biggest deal in the world — will fade away … at least until perhaps next year’s round of camps.