NASA is reaching out to Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry in hopes of convincing him that American astronauts did in fact land on the moon.
The space agency has offered an invitation to tour its lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, after the Warriors star expressed skepticism on The Ringer’s Winging It podcast that the moon landings in the 1960s and 1970s actually happened.
“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked on the podcast, which features Atlanta Hawks players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore. Everyone, including Curry, all respond at the same time, “Nope.”
“They’re gonna come get us, because I don’t think so either,” Curry added.
“You don’t think so?” Winging It co-host Annie Finberg asked Curry.
“Nuh uh,” Curry responded before the group discussed several conspiracy theories, including one involving filmmaker Stanley Kubrick allegedly filming the moon landing himself.
The comments about the moon landing begin around the 46-minute mark.
Twelve American astronauts walked on the moon during six missions from 1969 to 1972 as part of the Apollo mission. The historic Apollo 11 landing, when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface of the moon, was even broadcast live on CBS, with commentary by Walter Cronkite.
“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control,” Allard Beutel, a NASA spokesman, told the New York Times. “During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”
The Warriors will be in Houston to play the Rockets on March 13.
Curry’s comments are reminiscent of the skepticism Celtics all-star Kyrie Irving expressed that the Earth is round, a fact he finally accepted after a year’s worth of criticism from science teachers across the country.
“At the time, I was huge into conspiracies,” Irving said at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in October. “At the time I was innocent in it, but you realize the effect of the power of voice. And even if you believe in that, don’t come out and say that stuff.”
The deep dive into the debunked conspiracy theory on the Winging It podcast overshadowed former Sixers star Andre Iguodala’s comments about playing alongside Allen Iverson, revealing how the Hall of Famer used to work the referees during games.
“[Iverson] would just dribble along the sideline, and if a guard touched him, he would just pick the ball up and run out of bounds. Referee would call a foul every time,” Iguodala said. "So, I was like, ‘Bro, how you just pick the ball up and run?’ He was like, ‘Man, these stupid [expletives] ain’t gonna call travel on me or out of bounds. They gonna call a foul, and then he’s gonna stop pressuring me the rest of the game.’ ”
“And it was a foul every time?” Feinberg asked