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May 5, 2015 Updates

"I don't get a vote, but I acknowledge his MVP status," Tony Allen said after practice on Monday. "It's well deserved, I wasn't surprised. He can shoot the ball pretty good and he got a nice handle. But it ain't nothing I ain't never seen before." CSNBayArea.com

He choked up when he discussed that path, saying to his father, Dell: "Pop, you were the example of what a true professional is on and off the court. I remember a lot of your career, and to be able to follow in your footsteps ..." Curry took a break to compose himself. "... it means a lot to me, and this is special." He credited his faith and his family, from his wife Ayesha to his daughter Riley, mother Sonya and siblings Seth and Sydel and grandparents too. But the up-and-down way in which he got here, this path that could have changed so drastically had things taken a different turn, is the part of Curry's story that is often overlooked. USA Today Sports

Once Ferkel informed them that the reconstruction of Curry's ankle wasn't necessary, the future was suddenly bright again. "Once Dr. Ferkel came out and said, 'He should be just fine,' then you cross your fingers and say, 'Ferkel is a good doctor, so let's hope he's right,' " Riley said. "As I recall, it was time to get a sandwich and relax and feel a lot better." Curry, who was more relieved than anyone, could finally get back to playing. USA Today Sports

Ellis, who had become a Warriors fan favorite in those previous five seasons with Golden State, sent a shot across Curry's bow at the start of the 2009-10 campaign when he was asked by reporters if he could play with Curry as part of an undersized-but-uber-talented backcourt. "Us together? No," Ellis said then. "Can't. We just can't." The Warriors, it's safe to say, were worried. "There were some turbulent times," Schlenk said. "(Ellis' comments) put everybody on edge, including Steph. But those two guys ended up being good friends." USA Today Sports

Austin said former Memphis Grizzlies assistant general manager Kenny Williamson, who died in 2012, had strong interest in Curry with the second overall pick. Austin, however, declined an invitation from Williamson for a workout. The Grizzlies used the second overall pick to draft Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet, who ended up being a bust. Now Curry is playing against the Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs with Game 2 on Tuesday. Williamson "said he needed him down for a workout to convince the owner," Austin said. " 'Without a workout, I can't get him. But if he comes in and works out, I want to push him for our No. 2 pick.' We chose not to have him go to Memphis. The two big believers were Larry and Kenny." Yahoo! Sports

"The day before (the draft), we became convinced that they were actually going to take Jonny Flynn (in addition to Ricky Rubio)," then-general manager and current director of scouting Larry Riley told USA TODAY Sports. "There was a lot of angst before that. Frankly, the next guy taken after that was Jordan Hill, and we would have probably gone in that same direction. "Up until the day before the draft, we were really having a lot of anxiety about it, and we were in a position where there wasn't much we could do. We also knew that New York valued him, that they would have liked him." USA Today Sports

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." Yahoo! Sports

Austin told Curry before the draft that if he dropped to the seventh pick, he should expect to go to Golden State. He was right, and Curry was selected by one of the NBA's worst teams. Meanwhile, the Knicks lost out on an eventual two-time All-Star who scored 54 points in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, 2013, and was the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game there this year. The Knicks drafted Arizona forward-center Jordan Hill, a journeyman now with the Los Angeles Lakers. Curry "wasn't disappointed," Austin said. "He was the seventh pick in the NBA draft. That's a great day for anybody." Yahoo! Sports

May 4, 2015 Updates

To congratulate Stephen Curry for winning the MVP award, Under Armour recruited NBA legend Bill Russell to lend a hand. More specifically, his voice. In Under Armour's MVP commercial for Curry, Russell reads the famous Jacob Riis quote about a stonecutter pounding away at a rock. Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. This quote is popular in NBA circles thanks to Gregg Popovich, who has used the quote almost like a mantra to motivate the Spurs. With all of the hardwork Curry has done to get to this point, the quote aptly fits him as well. CBSSports.com

Long before Rockets guard James Harden went from MVP candidate to runner-up, he insisted the award would be nice, maybe even a dream, but not a goal. With Golden State guard Stephen Curry officially named the runaway winner of the 2014-15 MVP, Harden said Monday he still had other things in mind. “It’s tough, but in the second round of the playoffs, I have better things to worry about,” Harden said. “That’s the Clippers, a very good team that’s coming in. It didn’t work out, but there’s more of the season to continue to play. That (the pursuit of a championship) is what it’s all about. Obviously, an individual award, the MVP is something amazing, but we have a great opportunity in this locker room. I’m not going to let that, one little, individual award affect what we have going on in this locker room. We still have a great season to play and some great games ahead of us.” Houston Chronicle

LeBron James called Steph Curry’s Most Valuable Player award “well-deserved” while joking he was glad to see another kid from Akron win the award. Curry, coincidentally, was officially announced as the league MVP while James was praising him. “If my phone was on, I would’ve definitely congratulated him a lot,” James said, referring to his social media blackout during the postseason. “I think it’s well-deserved. You see the team success, that’s the first thing that pops out. Franchise-record in wins. … He’s the catalyst of that whole ship, and I think he’s had an unbelievable season. I think it’s great that another kid born in Akron, Ohio can win an MVP.” Akron Beacon Journal

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