Why Americans Love Steph Curry

  • Stephen Curry is fun to watch. I remember years ago, my Dad told me to watch out for Curry when he was drafted in 2009, because of all the records he was breaking in Davidson. My Dad, being an avid college basketball fan, would know what he was talking about, and he wasn’t wrong about him. We could talk about the shooting records he broke at Davidson, or the shooting records he’s broken as a Golden State Warrior, or even that he’s the MVP of 2014-2015 NBA season and that he broke Reggie Miller’s post-season three-point record; but that’s what Steph does, he breaks records. He is one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen with one of the quickest releases. He is unpredictable from his behind the back passes, to his reverse layups, left-handed and right-handed floaters. He gets his whole team involved and the brotherhood he has with his teammates is how you show support and challenge each other. This is the first time the Dubs have been in the finals since 1975, so as a sports fan, who wouldn’t want to watch history?
  • People feel like they can relate to Steph Curry. Not only is he an inspiration for some, but he is a popular player who still shows humility. He is a Christian, who has his family’s support on and off the court. Notice he gives tribute to God after a shot or good play that he makes. He has said that him and his mom came up with that in college because it “symbolizes that he has a heart for God”. His family is a big part of his life and it shows a side of him that people feel they bond with, instead of just watching a superstar on television. He has followed in his Dad’s (Wardell Stephen ‘Dell’ Curry) footsteps from when he played in the NBA (Charlotte Hornets), while Steph grew up watching. Many of us look up to our parents and want to make them proud. Steph is doing what many of us relate to because he works to make his Dad proud as he has overcome physical challenges growing up and trying to make a name for himself in the NBA.
  • America has also fallen in love with Steph’s daughter Riley. We have seen her making press appearances with her Dad. She is spunky and energetic which brings realism and a breath of fresh air to the world of professional sports. It is inspiring to watch Steph be in that big brother role to younger brother Seth and younger sister Sydel, as they are also athletes. We also see his beautiful wife Ayesha and get a glimpse of their relationship together. They share moments on Instagram which shows her passion for cooking, family, faith, and laughter. I personally love the support and zest that Ayesha brings to the family (and I also follow her Little Lights of Mine). We don’t know what happens behind closed doors, but what we do know is that being a professional player with a family means a demanding schedule. They seem to balance it well by being each other’s support system. It is always great to see the family attending Steph’s games or to see them unite after being on the road. Steph openly shows his appreciation for his wife and family and that is something that can’t be written. You see it in their faces and you feel it when you watch them. We all need that support in foundation, whether we are a professional athlete or working a nine to five job.
  • I could write more and more about Steph Curry, but I will let you watch and be the judge. It has been a fun series to watch this year and the Finals have been challenging for the Warriors. I think this is perfect. We want to see players evolving and going up against other greats (Lebron James) to bring that competitive nature to the fans. Tonight is Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and we are tied 2-2. At the end of the day, sports are fun, so if you enjoy basketball, then you should definitely be enjoying this years finals. May the best team win!

I’ve never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies…I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I’m ready for the moment. – Steph Curry

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