The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Led by Steph Curry, the league’s 2014-2015 MVP, the team is battling the Cleveland Cavaliers and their star LeBron James, four-time MVP recipient.
The finals hold interest not only for the outcome of the championship, but also for the opportunity to watch Curry, the Warriors’ rising star, do his thing. And it is not only fans in the Bay Area who are interested – people across the country have taken note of the young superstar in the making. Curry holds the NBA record for 3-pointers in a season and set records in the playoffs. Some claim that he is the greatest shooter of all time. Curry is not only spectacular at shooting the basketball, he also has extraordinary ball-handling and passing skills.
Despite the attention showered on him, Curry retains a sense of humility and balance. He willingly talks about his love for his family, including his 2-year-old daughter, Riley, who sometimes sits on his lap during postgame interviews. Curry also talks openly about his faith.
He grew up in a Christian home in Charlotte, N.C., where his father, Dell, played for the Charlotte Hornets. His mother, Sonya, ran the Christian Montessori school he attended.
In an article Curry wrote posted on Breaking Christian News, he said, “I am just trying to use this stage to share how God has been a blessing to my life and how He can be the same in everyone else’s.” He ended the article by writing, “There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.”
Curry’s faith shines through in his attitude and persona. You can hear how people describe him in the tribute video made in his honor before his MVP presentation. Without even mentioning his faith, it is apparent that Curry is living out the characteristics of Christ.
In his acceptance speech, Curry thanked Christ for his talents and calls himself Christ’s “humble servant.” He credits his success to faith, family, passion, drive and will.
Curry and the Warriors have their hands full trying to stop James and the Cavaliers, but you can trust that Curry’s faith will not waver, whatever the result.
Skip Vaccarello is a longtime Los Altos resident and founder of the website Finding God in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit findinggodinsiliconvalley.com.