Stephen Curry Explains How His Father Dell Curry Helped him Prepare for NBA’s ‘Emotional Rollercoaster’

Published 10/07/2021, 9:25 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks towards a photo station during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


What makes the ‘Splash Brothers’ so good as a duo? Of course, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both have talent unlike any other, but both of them had someone they looked up to and followed in their footsteps to become this good at basketball. Klay had Mychal Thompson, and Steph had his father, Dell Curry. Dell made a solid career for himself and played most of his years for the Charlotte Hornets. Seeing him, Steph was able to understand better what playing in a league so competitive would be like.

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Dell Curry prepared Stephen Curry for the NBA journey

Dell Curry chats with his son Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) while sitting on the sideline before the start of their NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Being a shooter is a well-known trait possessed by members of the Curry family. Like Steph, Dell was also an elite jump shooter who used to rain buckets from deep. But learning to play is one thing, Steph also understood what the league was all about, thanks to his father.

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On ‘The Athletic NBA Show‘, Steph said, “I don’t forget the roots of where I came from. Growing up, watching my Pops play in the league for 16 years. And understanding at an early age what that emotional rollercoaster was like. I was born in 88′, his second year in the league. Like, 10-12 years of his career, I remember a good amount of it.’

“I got to ask questions, I got to see in real-time, how does he feel, how is he coming home, type of vibe. How he treated people after a loss vs a win, if there was a difference there, how people treated him.”

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No wonder Steph lets nothing get to him

Oct 4, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shot during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

When the Golden State Warriors went on a downward spiral after Klay Thompson‘s injury, Curry had to bear the brunt of all the criticism. A lack of a good supporting cast prevented him from helping the Dubs become title contenders again. Despite that, he never spoke out much against his haters.

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However, a lot changed after he proved himself last season. Even though the Warriors could not make the playoffs, a series of incredible performances from him was more than enough to shut up his critics. It was only then he spoke up about it and explained that he believes in proving himself with actions, not words.

Thankfully, with hopes of Klay’s return, Warriors fans are back into the list of playoff contenders. They even won the first preseason game against the Blazers, which is a great start. But only time will tell how far Steph can take them this time.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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