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Steph Curry missing his daughter's special day for Team USA—admirable dedication or misplaced priorities?

Does one’s professional obligations prevent them from forgetting important family moments? Of course not, as recently shown by Stephen Curry. With just a few weeks left for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the GSW legend and other members of Team USA participated in its first exhibition game against Canada. With the game being in Las Vegas, the sharpshooter unfortunately was away from home and couldn’t be present to mark the birthday of his second-eldest daughter, Ryan.

However, the Warrior still managed to give a shoutout to his daughter on this special occasion. As Team USA secured an 86-72 win against Canada, both LeBron James and Stephen Curry engaged in a Q&A about their chances on the international stage. Just as the session came to a close, Steph said, “I don’t know if you’ve got one more question, but it’s my daughter’s 9 birthday.

“Happy Birthday, Ryan. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. We’re here playing basketball, doing what we love. I miss you. Love you. Happy Birthday,” he said while LeBron nodded to his gesture in agreement. The upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics marks the first time that Stephen Curry will represent his country on this stage. As a result, the player ensured that no major personal event clashed with his trip to Paris.

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Interestingly, he and his Ayesha had reportedly planned for their 4th baby bearing the Olympics schedule in mind. However, a birthday isn’t something that can be preponed or postponed. Fortunately, Steph prioritizing Team USA over some family time did not go in vain. The player and his teammates did not have a good start to the matchup, with Canada taking an early lead. It was Curry who started building up the momentum by making the first shot for his team.

He found his flow building up in the second half, as he scored USA’s first 9 points in the third quarter. By ending his run with just 19 minutes on the court, Curry went 3-6 from beyond the arc and made a sole 2-point attempt to take his score up to 12 points. This may have finally helped to briefly shun the critics who accused the current Team USA roster ‘too old to win’. Moving back to an off-court topic because it’s the off-season, of course, we roll back the calendar to a sweet memory from the past.

Stephen Curry and Ayesha celebrated Ryan’s first birthday in Hawaii!

Stephen Curry had come fresh off a momentous NBA season just as Ryan was turning 1. Despite failing to secure the Championship ring for a second year in a row, the off-season was the perfect time for the sharpshooter to get away from the game and focus on his special occasion. Bearing the same in mind, the family jetted off, away from prying media eyes, all the way to the island of Hawaii.

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Taking to social media, both Stephen Curry and Ayesha highlighted images of their then newly turned 1-year-old in a yellow dress with a flower crown and garland adorning her. He wrote a caption, “Special day celebrating Baby Ryan’s 1st Bday in Hawaii. Do anything for you baby girl! Happy Birthday! #July10 #chookahchookah.”

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Ayesha gushed over her youngest daughter through her post, highlighting that she was going through “all sorts of emotions” on this special day and that she would like to “hold on for as long as she’ll (Ryan) let me.”

Years have gone by, but that moment will always be a memory fresher than ever. While Ryan would have wished for her father to be present for her 9th birthday too, she would now understand that the whole country has their hopes on her dad to bring home an Olympic Gold medal.

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Before leaving, be sure to check out some insights that Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-agent, Leonard Armato, shared about the Lakers legend’s infamous feud with the late Kobe Bryant.