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Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
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.
Dell Curry, one of the original Charlotte Hornets’ star players, is expanding the role he holds with the current incarnation of the local NBA team. The Hornets announced on Thursday that Curry will become a “Hornets Ambassador” and special projects adviser. He also will remain the color analyst for the team’s TV broadcasts on SportSouth.
Carter can remember Curry before Raptors games playing one-on-one on the practice court. When the two were reunited in the NBA and faced off in a game, Carter approached Curry to tell of how the rise to stardom at Davidson was something he followed. “To see him come full circle, a grown man out there playing grown-man basketball is pretty awesome. You knew he was destined to play in the NBA. How good remained to be seen, and it was up to him and his work ethic. But he’s worked his butt off to prove he’s a legit point guard and a legit threat in this league.”
The Grizzlies’ Vince Carter has followed the rise of Stephen Curry since the Warriors star was a boy in Toronto, where he and Curry’s father, Dell, were teammates. “I was more impressed than anything to see when you come out of the draft, they’ll always say what you can’t do and what you may not be able to do. I’m wondering what all those people are saying now,” Carter said Tuesday, the day after Curry was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
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.”