WATCH: This NBA Player Is the Type of Godly Man We Talk About
Written by Dave Herrmann | May 5, 2015
If you’re not familiar with Stephen Curry he’s a member of the Golden State Warriors. This season he won the most valuable player award. After reading the below statement and watching the video, we can safely say the NBA has an absolutely impressive ambassador on their hands. Don’t take our word for it, read this!
My wife and I were sitting and trying to think about what I was going to say today and kind of what the message would be. We came up with four ideals that describe the journey the best way I know how. That is faith, passion, drive, and will. And I’ll try to explain the best way I can. You guys will be a part of one of those.
Obviously, my faith, I wanted to use this opportunity to shed light on who I am and what drives me to play the way that I do. I do a little sign on the court every time I make a shot or good pass, and I pound my chest and point to the sky, and that symbolizes that I have a heart for God. Something my mom and I came up with in college, and I do it every time I step on the floor as a reminder of who I’m playing for.
People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that is because of my Lord and Savior. So I can’t say that enough.
The passion part is where my love for the game was bread. I kind of got the ultimate paradox for a story. I’m the son of a 16-year NBA veteran. I remember a lot of his career. I was blessed to have a family that never really struggled when I was growing up thanks to my dad and his career. We had the means to do a lot growing up. You would think that my future was set based on that fact, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
I was always the smallest kid on my team. When it comes to basketball, I was always the smallest kid on my team. I had a terrible, ugly, catapult shot from the time I was 14 because I wasn’t strong enough to shoot over my head, and I had to reconstruct that over the summer and it was the worst three months of my life.
You’d think there are no hurdles or obstacles that I had to overcome, but even when I got to high school I wasn’t ranked. I wasn’t ranked. I wasn’t highly touted as a high school prospect. I had nobody really running, knocking on my door saying please, please, please come play for our school until Coach McKillop called.
Everything happens for a reason, and there is a story to everything. If you take time to realize what your dream is and what you really want in life, no matter what it is, whether it’s sports or in other fields, you have to realize that there is always work to do, and you want to be the hardest working person in whatever you do, and you put yourself in a position to be successful. And you have to have a passion about what you do. Basketball was mine, and that’s what’s carried me to this point.
– Stephen Curry, 2014-15 NBA MVP
Just in case the above didn’t do this man justice, watch the entire speech here.