Will Steph Curry Bounce Back?

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Steph Curry will bounce back, right? I mean, he was the 2016 NBA regular season Unanimous MVP. His team won 73 games. His fans fully expected him to do something heroic or herculean, especially in Game 7, in order to win another title. Unfortunately, Steph and his team went down to the wire, only to lose in the last minute. And just like Draymond Green said, losing the way they lost hurt something awful. His exact words were “this one stings . . . and it’s supposed to.”

Jason Keidel from CBS sports said this: “Since Stephen Curry’s rise was so quick and acute, we haven’t had a chance to find any flaws in his game. Not only did he become the NBA’s darling, the Currys became the first family of basketball. Now he gets a mouthful of the bitter, abject analysis that has dogged LeBron for a decade.

Curry’s stat line is hardly MVP-worthy: 17 points; 4-14 from 3-point range; 5 rebounds; 2 assists; 4 turnovers. He had more turnovers last night than points in the fourth quarter (3). And now comes the ignominy of being just the second reigning MVP to lose game 7 of NBA Finals at home.”

So, let’s ask the question again: will Steph Curry bounce back? Will he get back up and jump back up or will he whine and wallow and stumble and fumble away the rest of his basketball life? I don’t think Steph is the stay down in the dumps type. Curry may not be LeBron James (yet) but he ain’t no Developmental League wannabe either.

If Steph Curry has an ounce of bounce and courage and pluck and grit and spunk, he’ll be back – and back with a vengeance. Because that’s how champions roll. And champions in the game of life all have been knocked down and counted out, but they all bounced back.

Take it from me: I’ve had a lot of bumps and bruises along life’s way, but I always seem to bounce back. I’ve been laid off a good job, been passed over for promotion, wasted money and ruined relationships, lost time, and friends and church members and cars and a house. But thank God I didn’t lose my mind or my faith or my wits or my core. With the help of God and the Grace of our Lord and Savior, I’ve always been able to bounce back.

Steph Curry and “the Warriors were 60 seconds from winning the NBA championship. But they didn’t. This can be a speed bump on their way to a dynasty, or the bookend of a nice, two-year run. How far they go will depend on Steph Curry, as it should.”

Getting knocked down is a given in life. The unknown is if and when you will do a 180° turn and get back on the horse and get back in the fight and get back up to where you belong.

God Loves Cleveland!

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Well, there you have it! History was made tonight as an epic, classic clash of titans ended with LeBron James besting the best team in basketball to win the 2016 NBA Crown. The Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 ON THE ROAD after being down 3-1 in games. What an unbelievable, unforgettable unforeseeable comeback.  But I will remind you that I DID see this coming (at least after Game 6). And I am going to say I told you so. 

The best player in the NBA is still LeBron James. Again.  He notched a triple double in a Finals Game 7 and led his team to the promised land of victory. He’s a force to be reckoned with, as the Warriors now know full well. Stephen Curry gave James a run, but LeBron was bent on proving that he’s still the King. LeBron delivered on his promise to bring a Championship to Cleveland. And his legacy has now grown that much bigger and that much broader.

So what is the spiritual speech and the theological lesson to be learned? The Cleveland Cavaliers could have given up and packed it in when they were down 1-3. But King James told his team the same thing Winston Churchill told his Country in WWII: “Never, never, never give up.”

So here’s to Cleveland and to the fans who have hungered and thirsted for a championship for so long. And thanks to King James, they have now been filled. So congratulations LeBron, 2016 NBA Champion and Finals MVP.

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God loves the World, even and including Cleveland; and that should give all the rest of us hope too.

It’s Unanimous! Curry Wins The 2016 NBA MVP Award

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It’s unanimous! Steph Curry is the best player on the best team in the best conference. He’s simply the best. He’s better than all the rest. He’s worked hard and he’s played smart and he’s retained the right and he deserves the distinction of being decorated King Curry – again. Move over King James; another prince and lord has solidified his rule and reign over the basketball world.

Not Michael nor “Magic” nor Wilt Chamberlain nor Willis Reed nor Bill Russell nor Larry Bird nor Julius Erving nor Moses Malone nor Isaiah Thomas nor Kevin Durant nor King James himself – none of them won the NBA MVP award on a unanimous ballot. NONE of ‘EM! Yet here comes this fair skinned, slight of build, youngish and youthful, boyish and boy like blessing to the NBA, and he takes it by storm. He’s won an NBA title, back-to-back MVP Awards, and he’s only 28!

Curry is seen in the photo above, looking up and pointing up. What an example for all of us to follow. I believe this is one of the reasons why he’s as blessed and as beloved as he is. And to top it all off, to show you how humble and heartwarming he is, Curry spent most of his acceptance speech emotionally thanking his wife Ayesha. Here’s what he said at the MVP presser in Oakland:

None of this is possible without you. You’ve given me the opportunity to go out here and work as hard as I do, spend the hours I need to do at the gym, during practice, in games, on the road – all the while holding down the house and doing the little things that keep our family going.

Wow. What a class act.

And here’s what the sports and basketball and NBA pundits are saying about Curry:

“Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was officially named the 2015-16 Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, and with that he earned another distinction: Curry is the first unanimous MVP winner in the award’s 61-year history, receiving all 131 first-place votes. 

The official announcement came on Tuesday, but the results have been all but locked for months. Curry’s shooting arm permanently etched this Warriors team into the annals of NBA history, as Curry led Golden State to the league’s best-ever regular season record (73-9) along with a host of other firsts and bests.

The stats are stunning. With a left-wing, step-back, defender-in-his-face three pointer in a March 7 game against the Orlando Magic, Curry nailed his 300th three of the season. That mark alone was considered unbelievable, as no other player had ever hit more than 269 in a year before 2015-2016. And the one other player who had reached that tally was Ray Allen — the man.”

“Stephen Curry celebrated early reports of his second consecutive MVP award by pouring in 40 points, including an NBA record 17 in overtime, to carry the Warriors to a dramatic comeback win over the Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The victory pushed Golden State to a 3-1 edge in the second-round series, while Curry’s individual play marked perhaps the most iconic performance of his career as he returned from a knee sprain in spectacular fashion.”

The spiritual and theological tie in is obviously clear. It’s also unanimous, and even more importantly so, that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is STILL Lord! That’s right, God is still on the throne, despite the chaos and the madness and the craziness of this world, the God of Heaven is still sits high and looks low. He still puts up and tears down. He still deserves our adoration and praise and worship.

So, if you believe that Steph Curry is unquestionably the king of the court, then how much more so should we honor and pay homage to the God that still answers by fire?