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Dell Curry
Dell Curry
Position: None
Born: 06/25/64
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
ESPN’s Marc Stein asked the group when the first time was that the sons realized they were better players than their fathers, and Stephen Curry revealed that his grandmother gave him the title before he ever played in the NBA. “I never really thought I was better than him until my grandma, his mom, gave me that crown. She watched every one of his games and she — I don’t know if it was in high school or my first year of college — she’s at the house and she [said] ‘that boy is better than you, Dell.’”
Dell and Mychal had long been friends, of course. They had been crossing paths for years — Mychal broadcasting for the Lakers and Dell later broadcasting for the Bobcats/Hornets. Now their bond was personal. When Steph and Klay each ended up with the Warriors, they connected as fathers. “I think, with Steph and Klay, experiencing the NBA life early, it paid off for them with confidence,” Dell says. “Seeing that big stage early. They got used to it. It doesn’t affect them. It doesn’t bother them being on a big stage, a big arena.”
“MJ was the man,” he says. Three years later, in 1998, the Bulls again faced the Hornets in the playoffs. On an off day, Jordan and Dennis Rodman were cruising down a Coliseum hallway when 10-year-old Steph came careening around a corner. Michael shook his hand. Steph didn’t want to ever wash it again. Almost every NBA player Steph met asked him, “Can you shoot like your pops?” By the late 1990s, Dell Curry was one of the NBA’s best shooters. He was Sixth Man of the Year in 1993-94 and once shot 47.6 percent from 3-point land. “I’ll never forget it,” says Julie Thompson, Mychal’s wife. “I remember every time Dell shot the ball at the Great Western Forum, our PA announcer, Laurence Tanter, would just go, ‘Dell Curry.’ I mean, I don’t even remember Dell missing a shot.”
Dell Curry on keeping Steph humble: I don’t worry about that at all. As fast-paced as things have been going, it really hadn’t hit him. Because he’s been so focused on the games. So I’m sure at some point this summer when it’s over or maybe even when next year, (at) the start of (the season), he’ll have (some time to) stop and think. But he’s always been a guy that success is not going to change him. If anything, it’s going to motivate him to work harder, to repeat at the levels he’s gotten to this year. He’s had such a great year. It takes a lot to have a year like he has.
Riley also liked that Curry was the son of a successful and respected ex-NBA player. Riley sold then-Warriors coach Don Nelson on Curry as well. Austin and Dell Curry still tried to keep the Warriors away from Stephen Curry. But Austin told then-Knicks president Donnie Walsh that unless they could trade up, he expected Golden State to draft Curry. Austin said Walsh didn’t believe him because the Warriors already had guard Monta Ellis. “I said, ‘Larry, I like you a lot and respect you a lot, but don’t take Steph. This is not the right place for him,’ ” Austin said. “We wanted him in New York.” Said Riley: “Dell was the same way. He was almost cold.”
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And indeed, Thompson credits competition between teammates for his development into an all-around scoring threat. “Trying to chase Steph,” he says. “That’s how you stay hungry. Try to do what he does. I can’t do that. I don’t think anyone on this planet can.” As Thompson and Curry have grown into what many believe is the NBA’s best backcourt, it has become clear that they’re linked by much more than their catchy Splash Brothers nickname. Their fathers, Mychal Thompson and Dell Curry, both had successful NBA careers before becoming broadcast analysts for the Lakers and Hornets, respectively.
Dell Curry, who spent most of his 16-year career with the Charlotte Hornets, said he wanted his sons to discover the game for themselves. Only after they expressed an interest did Curry become actively involved, and even then, he said, he did his best not to be obnoxious about it. “The last thing you want is to go home and hear your kids saying, ‘Oh, here comes Dad again,’ ” Curry said. “As a parent, you can’t push your child to do something that you want more than they do. It’s not going to last.”
Dell Curry said he never had any doubt that Stephen would play. He was so confident, in fact, that he didn’t bother to check on his son’s status at any point leading up to the tipoff on Friday. “A couple buddies of mine texted me, and was like, ‘Is Steph playing?'” he said. “I was like, ‘They’re going to have to cut his foot off for him not to play.’ I didn’t talk to him about his ankle. “I knew he was going to play. There was no doubt about that, whether his ankle was healthy or not. I told him before the game, I told him that this was the game that I thought would decide the series.”