Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II is now King of the Basketball World. He’s eaten his Wheaties so his spice and his dice are so nice they’re without vice. He has a boyish frame but a manly game and he has led his Warriors to the brink of an NBA crown. The 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player and a two-time NBA All-Star, Curry is considered by some to be the greatest shooter in NBA history. And that’s high praise.
Up until now, LeBron “King” James has ruled the basketball world. He has won 2 out of the last four NBA Championships, and this is his 5th Finals appearance in 5 years. But it looks like the reigning ruler will have to share the scepter and pass it on to the up and coming kid king. And it’s not for lack of effort, either. It’s just that LeBron has tried and tried to carry his team on his back, but that’s a tall order, even for the best player in the world. It appears that no Love and no Irving will spell no championship for the outgoing king.
Curry is a likeable, laudable, brash “splash” brother who is handling the spotlight pretty well. And that is one of the reasons he’s so loveable. So what’s not to like? I like almost everything I know about him. He’s hard not to like. I like his game and his fame and his game face and his Under Armor shoes lace. His Dad is an NBA old hand and his family are cheering at hand at all of his NBA games. The girls think his “cute” and the guys are jealous of his repute.
But more importantly and more significantly, Curry is a Christian. And an outwardly open Christian at that.
Curry spoke about his faith during his MVP speech by saying, “People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that’s because of my Lord and savior.” He also said the reason that he pounds his chest and points up is that he has a “heart for God” and as a reminder that he plays for God. On some of his “Curry One” basketball shoes, there is a lace loop scripted “4:13”. It is a reference to the Bible verse Philippians 4:13.
So let’s pound our chests and point up to Heaven for Him, and for the prince who has since become a duke who is no fluke.
All hail, King Curry.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13, New Living Translation