Here are five things that most everybody knows about Stephen Curry.
He has a baby face that, when clean-shaven, probably gets him carded at bars.
His dad Dell was one of his generation’s three-point shooting studs.
He’s won a whole lot of individual and team hardware.
His jump shot is a work of freakin’ art.
He’s going to the Hall of Fame.
Here are five things that not everybody knows about Stephen Curry:
Steph Hits the Links With the Best
Curry is a golf fanatic—he’s said that if he could switch places with any athlete, it would be Rory McIlroy—and being that he’s one of the most famous faces on the planet, he has his choice of course-mates. Among those he’s chosen is one Barack Obama. Unfortunately, Curry is such a busy dude that he’s blown off the former President’s invites to take in 18 holes on multiple occasions, due to what he calls “crazy” scheduling conflicts. From our perspective, taking a pass on a round with Obama is crazy in and of itself, but what do we know?
All that said, it’s possible that Curry turns down the invites because he’s fed up with Obama’s verbal abuse. As Curry told Ellen Degeneres, “During [Obama’s] speeches, he has that very slow cadence that kind of draws you in. He brings that same kind of vibe to his trash talk. So I’ll hit a shot out of bounds, and he’ll just look [and say], ‘Yeah, that’s not a good shot. I’m gonna need you to do better next time.’ It gets under your skin.”
Curry can’t return the fire because, “…there’s 50 Secret Service [agents] out there, so if I trash talk, he just gives them the look, and then I’m out of there.”
Pops Could Play, but Mom Knows Best
While a three-point shooting terror, Dell Curry wasn’t known for his all-around game, so it’s understandable that Steph’s mother Sonya doesn’t want her son to be a one-dimensional player. To that end, whenever Steph has three or more turnovers in a single game, Sonya fines him $100.
Steph took a bath in the 2013-14 season, paying Sonya a whopping $7,600. Now that’s not a huge amount of money for a professional basketball player, but Curry probably feels it, as it susses out to about 180 rounds at his favorite golf course, Pine Valley.
The LeBron Connection
Curry and LeBron James have more in common than multiple MVP Awards and NBA titles—they were both born at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. Hospital staffer Dr. Ferris Edward wasn’t surprised that both succeeded on a huge stage. “Every baby born here has unlimited potential,” he said, “and all of them can become NBA MVPs.”
The Hamburger Connection
Back in the ‘90s, Steph and Dell co-starred in a Burger King commercial. Here’s some sample dialog:
DELL: “Well, you gotta want it. You gotta taste it. You gotta be able to smell it. I mean, you really gotta be really hungry for it.”
STEPH: “Dad, can we go to Burger King? I really am hungry.”
Gold. Pure gold.
He’s a Junior
Steph’s birth certificate tells us that his full given name is Wardell Stephen Curry II. And while most people refer to him as Steph, close friends call him Wardell. Needless to say, we at Collectable call him Wardell. Because we’re totally close friends.