Stephen Curry is one of the streakiest, nastiest, most dangerous basketball players I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. What he did in his March Madness run with Davidson was completely representative of how prolific and unstoppable he is and it’s translated into the NBA.
This season Curry is right at the top of the MVP conversation with the basketball he’s playing at the helm of the NBA’s best team, the Golden State Warriors. Curry’s fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson is constantly in awe of his back court mate. In a recent Q&A with ESPN.com’s Ethan Strauss he questioned the true humility of Stephen Curry:
[Thompson:] You got to be humble but at the same time …
No you don’t. I think that’s the big lie they say about athletes. “You gotta be humble! Oh, he’s so humble.” You guys are humble to us. But not for real humble.
Yeah, yeah. You know your ability.
Best in the world, you’re not going to be humble.
Yeah, yeah. You didn’t get here being humble. That’s for dang sure.
Steph’s not humble.
Look at the way he plays. Is that humble?
No humble man can take those shots. … He gotta put on a front to the media, he got to.
You have to get what Klay means. Curry takes shots that makes you think he’s just a downright nasty individual, but he comes off as genuine, and yes, humble. His game is loud but his demeanor is still poised and reserved. It may not necessarily make sense but it’s definitely refreshing for a player of Curry’s caliber to still be able to carry himself that way.
But underneath the surface, make no mistake about it, there has to be a dog.