The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to claim the championship trophy. In that game, Stephen Curry scored 34 points, had 10 assists and six rebounds.
Although his teammate Kevin Durant was crowned the series MVP, Curry’s leadership both on and off the floor contributed greatly to his team’s success. Stephen Curry is a Christian, who literally wears his faith on his uniform (A favorite verse of his, Philippians 4:13, is written on his shoes).
His physical talent has claimed him a place among the current greats in the league, where defenses struggle to stop his sharpshooting three pointers and slashing drives, or his ability to get the ball into the hands of his teammates so that they can score. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he’s also known for his ability to pull down rebounds.
But perhaps most notable to fans is his character. His former coach Mark Jackson earlier commented on Curry’s character and leadership.
“He’s a calm, cool, collected customer who has tremendous faith,” said Jackson to a reporter of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association a year ago in 2016. “He’s the type of guy you look at and say, ‘That’s how I want my son to be.’ … It’s a great testament to who he is and the God he serves.”
Jackson also said that when he met Curry’s parents, he immediately thanked them for how Curry was raised. Curry himself is determined to remain humble in his pursuits, keeping his eyes toward heaven.
“I know why I play the game, and it’s not to score 30 points a night, but it’s to use the stage I’m on. I’ve been put here for a specific purpose: to be a witness and to share my testimony as I go through it,” he said, adding, “Obviously, there’s a lot of hoopla and fanfare that follows you wherever you go, but I know where my talent comes from.”
Curry is married and has a young daughter. When he’s not playing basketball, or serving on a mission trip (as he did during an offseason in a trip to Africa), Curry remains committed to his family.
“I love to play the game, and I love when good things happen. But when I get home, it’s about my family and just enjoying the blessings in my life without letting [basketball] define my personality or my character.”