The Inner Intangibles That Truly Make Stephen Curry Remarkable

Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16

Stephen Curry is one of the premier shooters in today’s NBA. Effortlessly making half court shots has become a staple of his game. Some tout him to be amongst the greatest shooters of all time. To make matters worse for his opposition, he is easily amongst the dribblers in the NBA. Curry’s meteoric rise over the past four NBA seasons is due in large part to his unique approach to training. By incorporating unconventional ways of perfecting his craft,  Curry has been able to dominate the hardwood with his unconventional playing style. Taken as the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Curry has always been considered talented. However, not even Nostradamus himself could foresee the scale to which Curry would rise.

Standing 6’3, 190 pounds, Curry does not have the build that is typical of NBA superstars of his calibre. However, “The Baby-faced assassin” is not a moniker that has been lightly bestowed upon him.  Curry is cold blooded. His game consists of grace, humility, and a high degree of self-belief. Considering the amount of work that Curry put’s into perfecting his long range shooting and dribbling, it is no wonder where his confidence comes from. “I’ve never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies.. I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I’m ready for the moment”, is a statement that Curry has made in the past. When we consider big moments in life, we may find that they stifle us, and in the face of these moments we retreat from the challenge. We may feel the same butterflies, or anxiety that a great player like Curry may feel. We can understand these feelings as part of the human condition. However, as incorporate Curry’s sentiments towards big moments, and analyze his career, we can find that the best way to seize the moment is through hard work and preparation. Constantly working on one’s craft, perfecting the “little things” and being meticulous with the details will allow us to perfect it, as Curry has. When one makes a passionate commitment to ones craft, when big moments arise we are not seized by them, but rather, we seize them.

Curry’s outlook on basketball is also supplemented by his perspective on family, as it is clear that Curry is a devoted family man. On such a matter he has stated, “There’s more to life than basketball. The most important thing is your family and taking care of each other and loving each other no matter what”. Being there for those you care about, and knowing that they are there for you is an instrumental part of living a passionate life. The road to success is paved with the genuine desire to be there for the one’s you love, and the knowledge that they will be there for you, on the good days and the bad. Through success and through failure. As Curry and the Golden State Warriors prepare for their third NBA finals meeting against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, all eyes will be on the two marquee players. However, being guided by such positive and powerful internal principals, it is clear that Golden State and their fans can count on Curry.

Author Bio: Hassan Abdul

Hassan Abdul is a student of Philosophy from Queen’s University. He is an avid student of self-improvement and self-empowerment. Additionally he is a sports fanatic, with a primary love of soccer and Real Madrid and Football and the Baltimore Ravens. His hobbies include cycling, meditation, watching any type of sporting event, and reading or debating about Philosophical concepts.