On Wednesday night, Stephen Curry burst back into the basketball spotlight by dropping 54 points on the Knicks at MSG. You may remember the last time Curry made a splash when he led his Davidson Wildcats through a Cinderella ride to the Elite Eight in 2009. While we may not always be aware of it, Steph has kept shooting.
BASKETBALL – Develop your shot!
Curry is the type of example that all of us as coaches repeatedly lay out for our players. If you put in the time and the effort and make yourself a good shooter, you’ll always find a place on the team. After all, you can never have enough shooters! Listen to what Steph has to say about how he developed his shot:
He mentions balance, keeping his eyes focused on the rim, and shooting with confidence as keys to his quick release and for developing his reputation as a sharp shooter! (To see more videos about Curry and his workouts, select the video tab under Scouting Reports at the top of this page!)
LIFE – Family develops confidence.
As you learn more about Stephen Curry you’ll find that family, and especially his relationship with his father, were very important to him as he developed as a player. I’m sure that a lot of his confidence as a shooter is a direct result of his father, Dell Curry, playing the role of an NBA sharp shooter; but beyond that, it’s a result of the bond intentionally created by Dell as a father. That bond is still in evidence today as Dell continues to model what’s most important. When you have the time, click here to see how father and son recently spent a weekend with the Golden State Warriors.
FAITH – Perseverance produces hope.
Steven Copeland of Sports Spectrum gives us a quick look at Stephen Curry’s faith life in his article The Year That Changed Him. Curry personifies what it means to stick with something and persevere. I’m reminded of the Disney movie Finding Nemo when Dory tells Nemo’s father, Marlin, that when life is difficult you have one thing left to do . . . “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming!” Steph has overcome his doubters and what many people think is his lack of size with the motto “Just keep shooting. Just keep shooting!” It’s what his father taught him and it’s what his faith teaches him. As Paul wrote in Romans 5:3-4,
. . .but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Curry’s perseverance, through all the hours of practice, has developed in him a confidence in his shooting ability that has taken him to the top of his sport. And with the model of his parents and the support of his wife, Curry is determined to change the common stereotype of NBA players. In the same way, each of us can persevere through the difficult circumstances of life and if we keep “shooting,” we too can have a life and a future of hope!