How Steph Curry Lives Up To His Favorite Bible Verse

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If basketball pundits and scouts were still right, then the Stephen Curry we know today would have been just an undersized shooting guard with limited physical ability.

Davidson’s slim 6’3” point guard didn’t just prove doubters wrong; he harnessed a historically unparalleled skill set to overthrow all the physical limitations that were meant to hinder his success in the pros. After going from unwanted college freshman to the best player in the world, Curry credited an underlying “higher power” for steering him to Oakland.

According to Tim Kamakawi of Mercury News, on draft night Curry secretly wished the New York Knicks had ripped him off. But since then, he enjoys playing for the Warriors:

“I guess a higher power guided me to where I needed to be, and I ended up with the Warriors. Because who knows what it would have been like if I had gone to New York?

The odds that a supernatural being orchestrated Curry’s landing spot in the draft seem as slim as Curry’s chances of becoming a transcendent superstar in the pros once were. Still, Curry defied logic with his unplanned supernova 2015-16 season. The Davidson product has not been touted as the NBA’s “Next Big Thing” a la LeBron James. In fact, he was never even considered an MVP candidate until the year he won it. And for those who made Curry’s 2014-15 MVP season a once-in-a-lifetime fluke based primarily on the team’s success (NBA GMs voted him fifth most likely to win the season’s MVP award last), Curry responded by setting up what basketball experts claim is the best statistical season in NBA history and becoming the first unanimous MVP.

Just when it seems like he’s reached his limit as a player, Curry confuses his fans and expands his horizons (and range). For a player to improve as drastically as Curry after winning his first MVP is simply unheard of. Curry lives up to his favorite Bible verse on the pitch – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in the sense that he plays with such bravado and attempts the unthinkable. The NBA has never seen a player with the audacity and skill level to walk away from the center court logo with 18 seconds on the shot clock.

It’s rare for an NBA player as famous and accomplished as Curry to possess such composure, amiability and a willingness to defer to lesser teammates. Of course, Curry grabs some criticism for turning away after hoisting a three and wandering around the court, which comes across as cocky and showy. However, Curry celebrating his success is a trivial issue that doesn’t actually affect the team. Being coachable and being a good teammate are better indicators of a player’s humility and willingness to sacrifice. There were many instances last season in which Curry crossed off-ball screens and let Draymond Green or Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala run the show. Curry’s passivity would even be frustrating at times because the Warriors were generally better when the baby-faced assassin put things in his own hands.

It would be a mistake, however, to confuse Curry’s submission with hesitation. The juxtaposition of his confidence to get out of almost half the pitch while maintaining a calm and selfless demeanor is striking. Curry’s propensity to put the team above himself, which coincides with the tenets of the Christian faith he professes, was summed up in a single text to Kevin Durant, via The Undefeated:

According to someone who saw the text messages, Curry told Durant in a text message that he didn’t care who the face of the franchise was, who was the most recognized, or who sold the most shoes (Curry is with Under Armour, Durant with Nike). The two-time NBA MVP also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP award again, he would be front row at the press conference to applaud. In conclusion, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he really cared about was winning championships and he would love to do that as a teammate.

Durant, also a man of faith, was brought into the Warriors’ intimate and selfless group of players, and it all started with their best player leading by example. Curry, who won MVP in back-to-back seasons in which records were broken and a championship was won, is widely considered a better player than Durant. There was no obligation for the hottest superstar in the league to host KD. For comparison, LeBron James wouldn’t deign to do such a thing with any of the super teams he formed, despite joining Wade County for one of those teams. LeBron apparently didn’t know how to function in the 2011 NBA Finals without being the undisputed King (James) of the team, which prompted Wade to step back and allow King James to take the reins of the Heat – even though James was freshly choked on what should have been a second Finals MVP for Wade.

Golden State will not feature a pompous “king” next season. Instead, Curry and the Warriors will continue to accomplish the unimaginable as a selfless unit.

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