“My Heart Stopped for a Second”: Stephen Curry Death Scare Rattles the Internet as $225 Million All-Star Pays Homage to a ‘Legend’

Published 01/24/2023, 5:09 AM EST

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NBA fans seemingly had their hearts in their throats after a recent update given by Portland Trail Blazers star point guard, Damian Lillard. Somewhat of an incomplete tweet posted by Lillard sent the majority of the NBA community down a scary trail of thought. The tweet posted by Damian Lillard suggested that the Golden State Warriors’ point guard, Stephen Curry, had passed away. Just to be clear, ‘The Chef’ is alive and well but the Blazers franchise did lose another legend named Curry.

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John Curry, a cameraman for the Portland Trail Blazers recently passed away. Curry was a Master Chief in the Navy before taking over the cameraman responsibilities for the Blazers organization for the past 40 years.

Damian Lillard did not refer to Stephen Curry

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RipCity had recently lost another Blazers legend, longtime Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely. The veteran broadcaster died at the age of 93 only a few days prior to the untimely death of cameraman, John Curry. 

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Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard tweeted, “Rip to the legend Curry,” which was misinterpreted by a majority of people on social media thinking Lillard was talking about Stephen Curry instead. 

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Fans quickly reacted to the false scare they became a victim of. One fan tweeted, “My heart stopped for a second ….”

Another fan commented, “That’s messed up, you knew who everyone would of thought Steph. That made me lose some respect for ya. It’s pretty stupid to do that for the attention you knew you were gonna cause.”

Here are a few more reactions from fans on Twitter.

Many fans were not happy with Lillard’s choice of words to break the news. The NBA star’s words implied that one of the most famous and loved players in the world of basketball, Stephen Curry, had passed.

Blazers gave Curry an honorary tribute

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The Portland Trail Blazers, prior to their game against the San Antonio Spurs gave a tribute to the late John Curry. The Blazers franchise honored Curry with a tribute video from the rest of the Trail Blazers broadcast crew.

Many of the crew members shared their thoughts and memories that they had shared with Curry. Not only that but the entire arena took a few moments before the game, highlighting Curry’s seat on the baseline which was camera 4.

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In honor of his incredible work ethic, the spot where Curry used to sit was left empty, implying no one could take his place. It was only right for the Blazers to get this win against the Spurs, in the honor of John Curry. May he rest in peace.

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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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