The Business of Ball with Joseph James Francis
The Case for Curry
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The NBA has been a star based league ever since the Magic versus Bird days. The torch was then passed to Michael Jordon who owned the 1990’s, bringing the NBA to new heights worldwide. For most of the last 14 years, the NBA has been Lebron James' playground. He is smashing records and holding the Eastern Conference hostage, having gone to the last 7 NBA finals representing the East. While many like myself do not particularly care for Lebron, he has been the most dominating player since he came straight out of high school into the league in 2003. Flashes of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant threatened that perch, but for the most part, it has been all LBJ, all the time. Recently, however, Steph Curry has been the human highlight reel for the NBA. I personally love his game and am quite content with him taking the mantle from Lebron. I will give my reasons for this being good for the league overall.
Steph is a true underdog
I remember watching Dell Curry, Steph’s dad, play for the Raptors back in the day. Dell had that sweet stroke, just silky smooth. It almost seemed as if he didn’t even have to look at the hoop to shoot. Steph was a complete gym rat, following pops around as he traveled throughout the NBA. Dell never had huge success in the league but was always a good piece of every team he played for. Steph wasn’t a highly touted player out of High School. In fact, he was only offered a walk-on spot at his father’s Alma Mater Virginia Tech. Instead, he chose to go to the Davidson Wildcats. Davidson is a small Liberal Arts College in North Carolina, not known for producing high-quality sports stars. Because of his slender frame, Curry wasn’t being watched right out of High School by the NBA, he had to prove himself with the Wildcats. Curry did just that as he averaged over 25 points a game during his college career with Davidson. He also led them to an Elite 8 appearance, a remarkable feat for such a small school. His amazing college career led him to be drafted 7th overall by Golden State in the 2009 NBA Draft. His NBA career wasn’t all roses when he came on the scene. His 2011-12 season was cut short due to lingering ankle injuries, making many teams think of him as an injury risk. Despite this Golden State re-signed him and it proved to be a wise move. Golden State has been to 3 straight NBA Finals and has won 2 of them. Curry has proven to be the catalyst for that franchise, even with the addition of Kevin Durant.
Curry is very likable
Curry has brought his life to the mainstream with his loveable family appearing everywhere. Along with his wife Ayesha and daughter Riley and Ryan, they have brought their personal life to the forefront. Their affection and outspokenness have been a breath of fresh air in an NBA that was plagued by a very unlikable Kobe Bryant as it’s top star for about a decade. Curry represents progressive ideas, shunning visiting a racist President Trump after Golden State won the NBA championship last year, only to be uninvited by Trump after. He donates a great amount of money to charities like those helping people affected by Malaria and local causes in the Oakland area. His small stature has made the NBA dream seem more attainable for younger players who may not have the size and strength of Lebron James. His unselfish quest for glory has led him to possibly take a secondary role to Kevin Durant since Durant came to Golden State. While he might get passionate and angry during games, he stays true to his Christian beliefs and stays firmly grounded in humbleness. Curry has brought a softer side to the NBA and it has translated to great popularity for him and his main sponsor, Under Armour, who have seen their brand flourish with Curry as their main athlete. In a league dominated by size and strength, Curry has proven that you don’t have to be the biggest to be the most talented. This is an image that makes the NBA far more appealing to the next generation of basketball fans.
I am a huge Steph Curry fan, mainly because of his ability to shoot from anywhere on the court and silence opposing crowds at any time. He can even go inside, despite his small height which makes him almost impossible to guard. He also comes up strong in the clutch, not letting his team down when they need him most. While he shoots the lights out, he can also take a secondary role if needed when either Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant are red hot. This makes Curry and Golden State a true dynasty in the making. It will be interesting to see how the next few years pan out for this Western Conference Juggernaut.