Saturday night, came as to no surprise to everybody as Stephen Curry single-handedly put on an offensive clinic. He scored 35 points against the Washington Wizards, shooting 6-out of-10 three point field goals.
It must have to do with his genes, having the former sharp-shooting guard, Dell Curry as his father.
Dell may have attributed a lot in terms of guidance but the rest is all Steph’s hard work. From being ignored by big colleges including Virginia Tech (Dell’s alma mater), when everybody thought Steph wouldn’t survive in the rugged and physical game in the NBA, from an injury plagued season playing 26 out of the 66 games (2010-11), the constant trips to rehab and all the frustrations piling up, somehow he needs to be like dad – making lemonades out of these lemons.
When Dell was still 9 years old he broke his wrist. He was used to shooting the ball with his two hands and was forced to shoot in one hand. From a broken wrist it helped him thrived and developed his shooting form. For years he had practice the art of shooting, earning him as the all time leader in scoring and 3 point field goals in the Charlotte franchise. He was always the perfect sixth man. Not counting the minutes, or the time he spends in the bench. He was always ready whenever his coach calls his name. And that is the value that he wants to partake to his kids. Never give up and always come prepared, because you’ll never know when your team needs you.
Dell spends a lot of time in the gym helping Steph practice his shooting. He would recall how Steph used to shoot from his waist, and made him practice for two weeks straight until Steph gets a perfect shooting form. He would always tell his son to practice hard and to never let setbacks consume him.
For Steph, Everything has changed now. From the bench all the way to becoming a franchise player, he finally earned it.
35 points, 50 points… it came as to no surprise. Stephen Curry is totally in a different level. When others strive to be the best, Step just tries to be ready.
That makes Dell Curry a proud father.