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Stephen Curry’s peers praise his humility as a superstar

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Jordan Poole nearly knocked a buzzer-beater off midcourt when Stephen Curry made a point to catch his gaze, and much of the veteran guard’s pride for his young teammate beneath that celebration Told.

Curry expressed as much joy at hitting a jaw-dropping shot from deep for the pool as she would have been, the superstar who already has more than her share of 3-pointers, far behind. He is the selfless Steph – never letting your ego get in the way of Golden State’s success.

Curry still had a lot to do while leading the Warriors to score 29 points in a 107-88 Game 2 NBA Finals win against the Celtics on Sunday night, ending the evening as a best-of-seven series in a game. In the U.S. it moved to Boston for Wednesday’s Game 3. ,

He commended Poole for maintaining the momentum in the final round.

“It was clearly a big shot at attracting the crowd,” Curry said. “Put a kind dagger on that great third quarter that we had.”

Curry, 34, lives in a state of constant reflection—not to mention balance as a father of three young children—while somehow keeping his mind focused on the moment in front of him.

From being selected as Golden State’s undersized first-round draft pick from Davidson College in 2009 to losing early in his career and remarkable rise to one of the NBA’s greatest of all time, wondering how far he’d come Gaya regularly acknowledges his gratitude to Curry.

“I’ve said it many times, Stephen reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan,” said coach Steve Kerr. “When I played with Timmy, there was that vibrancy, this incredible, authentic humility and the humor and the joy behind the scenes. Then, clearly, a real ego on the floor, like ‘I’m the best player here.’ This is the perfect type of leader, someone you feel comfortable with in the locker room, but someone you can trust just to take you to the floor.

“That’s what Steph has. It’s a very rare combination of qualities. But that’s what makes her special.”

Curry displays the humility that he goes about his daily business without worrying about how many points he gets from night to night, saying “MVP!” Helps consonants or arm flex to perform on the faces of the chanting fans. On every occasion.

Fans and the Golden State Warriors’ bench react after 30-year-old Stephen Curry’s three-figure shot during the third quarter of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, June 5, 2022 in San Francisco.

He’s loving the process of helping inexperienced Warriors players find their way – for this post season and beyond.

Earlier this year, the all-time 3-point leader took great delight in the spotlight shining on teammate Andrew Wiggins as he earned his first career All-Star Game selection and was named a Western Conference starter.

That selfless nature goes back years. When Kevin Durant arrived in 2016 to great fanfare, Curry quietly took a back seat and allowed Durant to find his place with a new team. It was a significant gesture that eventually culminated with two simultaneous championships and consecutive Finals MVP honors for KD.

“It all starts with Steph. Even when KD was here, our offense started with Steph,” said Draymond Green. “It’s going to happen.”

Back in the finals stage for the sixth time in eight years, it’s time for Curry to take on the Warriors again. But he was thrilled to see another 39-footer hit for Kevon Looney, to create a second chance on the offensive glass for Kevon Looney, or to take on one of the toughest defensive tasks like guarding Jason Tatum for Wiggins. Will happen.

“I remember where I started and just the whole journey. You remind yourself of it every day. The fact is, from high school to your first All-Star Game, it’s a journey, and everything that had to be right in your life and on the court,” Curry said. Don’t let it happen That’s how I live my life. So its all about it in terms of appreciation and gratitude for everything that happens, whatever experiences you have, everything you go through, you keep building on it, and usually good things happen. Because you appreciate everything no matter what happens. ,

And if Curry & Co. can win it all once again, he’ll join a star-studded list of players with two or more MVPs and four titles: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, LeBron James. , Magic Johnson and Duncan .

Greene has long praised how Curry never lets the attention surrounding his stardom affect anything the group has achieved, nor is he treating him differently. wants. And Curry accepted ownership when things didn’t go right during the NBA-worst 15-50 pandemic-shortened season two years ago.

Greene said of the respect level, “He sets a huge tone in that regard because he’s never going to approach you saying, ‘You should look at me this way,’ which in turn makes you look at him more.” Huh.” , “… I think that when your leader and the face of your franchise is like this, you have no choice but to be like that. What is your arrogance in comparison to that? Why would any of us care if you have There is ego, and he doesn’t? So I think it definitely sets a tone not only for the players but for everyone in this organization and the way everyone operates.”

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