At four minutes left in the first half, the camera catches a blur moving in the corner of the screen. Enter Stephen Curry, who receives a pass from his teammate and drains a 3-point shot over a lunging defender on the biggest stage of the NBA, game one of the Finals.
After his shot, the camera also picks up Curry making a quick fist pump to his chest and then pointing a finger toward the rafters of Oakland’s Oracle Arena. It’s Curry’s way of thanking God for his success and eventual victory that night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While Curry put on a dazzling display in the spotlight, the young star had an even more impressive regular season campaign. The number of 3-pointers made by Curry this season (286), was good enough to break the previous record of 272, which Curry notched just two years ago.
Combined with a 67-win season by his Golden State Warriors and the number one seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, Curry’s ability as a dynamic shooter garnered him the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award.
Lebron James and James Harden were just a couple of the superstars Curry edged out for his first MVP award in his six-year career. Unlike many superstars, Curry credits God — rather than mere hard work — and a passion for the game as the reasons for his emergence as a NBA star.
“First and foremost I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with the talents to play this game. I can’t say enough how important my faith is to how I play the game and who I am,” Curry said during his acceptance speech for the MVP award.
Curry came to know Christ in middle school, long before he hit the national spotlight. “Our youth pastor told us we needed to make a decision for ourselves, we couldn’t rely on our parents, it had to be a decision on our own and that’s when I made it,” Curry said in an interview with Active Faith.
Curry’s faith has led him to seek out ways to help others less fortunate.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press