Steph Curry is, as his teammate DeMarcus Boogie Cousins says, “the most normal superstar” anyone’s ever been around. Some of why Curry seems so “normal” — for a 3x NBA champion and 2x NBA MVP, that is — is because of his size. He’s small for the land of giants that is NBA basketball, and he always battled against on court bullying because he was “scrawny” — as Steph himself says.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 3, 2019
The other reason Curry seems normal is that sometimes he misses. In this year’s playoffs against the Rockets he even missed a dunk, in what he later calmly described as “not my finest moment.” That special Steph Curry perspective started early, as his mom explains in the Facebook Watch video clip above.
Curry was playing on an AAU basketball team at age 9 when he missed a critical shot that would have won the game. He didn’t like the way it felt — and his father told him if he didn’t want to feel that way again, “now you know what to do next.” (Practice, he meant, really really hard.) Curry was only nine, and his mom wasn’t sure whether they were being too hard on him — but they said it and “that made him who he is.”