I know it’s a line from a Drake rap, 0 To 100/The Catch up, and all that but I’ve been following Steph Curry for years. The thing is, I’ve been following the Curry family for years because his father is my favorite basketball player.
“Yes, it’s an unbelievable feeling in that moment,” Steph Curry said. “I followed in his footsteps. I’ve talked about how impactful he’s been in my life, just being an example on and off the court of what a true professional is and how he raised me and my brother and my sister. So to be able to have that moment was special.
“He’s living through me and my teammates this — and my whole family — through this whole journey. I can’t be more proud of him as a father and a role model and example for me. I hope it made him proud tonight […] it’s special to have a guy that plays 16 years in the league, and you understand how hard it is to get to this point, and that makes it so much more special for me to have this for my family.”
Dell Curry went to a small high school in Virginia, Fort Defiance, it’s really hard to find on a map and grew up in a really rural area outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. There really isn’t much there outside of farming and farming. So he got into sports.
Curry went to Virginia Tech (1982-1986) and he set the all-time Virginia Tech steals record (295) and finished 2nd all-time in points with 2,389. Unfortunately college basketball did not have the three point line when he played otherwise he would have set the all-time scoring record at VT. Let’s see second-team All-American 1986 , Metro Conference Player of the Year 1986, three times he was named to the first team of the all-Metro and his jersey number 30 was retired by VT.
He also played baseball at VT, getting drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1985 draft.
However he was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 as the 15th pick which was a huge thing for a small basketball program like VT. In the years since, VT has seen an explosion in exposure thanks to Frank Beamer’s work with the football program but Dell made a lot of noise on the scene.
I can remember when he got to the Charlotte Hornets however and he was nailing down threes with Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. That team was unbelievable and Curry was amazing with the little wrist flick. It didn’t take much for him to drain a three.
Time moved on for him and me and I never got to see him win a Championship. I always wondered what became of him until that one day when I heard about Steph.
There was the talk about whether VT really offered Steph and whether Steph would have really gone to VT. I don’t really know what’s true and what’s not true. That’s honestly between Steph and his dad. I can’t say. That’s a father and son thing.
Steph is his own man. I’ve watched Steph from Davidson to Golden State when I’ve gotten a chance to and what I can tell you is that he’s not Dell I know that. But what I can tell you about Steph is that he has Dell’s traits in him. He’s got the ability to drain a three. He’s got that ability to stick a dagger in your heart at the right moment at the right time. But Steph’s got a bit more of a swagger to him that I never saw Dell have. That’s not to criticize Dell but this is a different time. It’s a different game. Steph’s got a different game. At Davidson he was the man who took a small non-power conference team to almost the top of the mountain were it not for some different bounces. He’s a hell of a player. I know I’m a bit biased but I see them as the same and I see them as a bit different. But I’m happy to see that Steph can do something to continue Dell’s tradition. For me, Dell will always be my favorite player, he’s the one who is VT’s #30 forever. But Steph, he’s the next Curry, he’s the next one to provide something that maybe Dell couldn’t do, will he did do something Dell couldn’t do, win that ring.