Stephen Curry, is the son of former NBA player, Dell Curry. His mother, Sonya had met Dell Curry at Virginia Tech. While watching Dell play basketball, Sonya was on the volleyball team herself. Stephen grew up in a strict, devout Christian household. Chores came first. He wasn’t allowed to play basketball unless his chores were done. Curry, went to Charlotte Christian high school. He led his team to three conference finals. Since, he was only 6’0″ tall and 160 lbs, he did not have too many college scouts taking him very seriously. His first choice would have been Virginia Tech, but they only offered him a walk-on role. He would take a scholarship offer from Davidson.
Freshman year, he was the 2nd leading scorer in college basketball behind Kevin Durant. Sophomore year, Stephen Curry led the Davidson Wildcats to the NCAA tournament. They were knocked out by top seeded Kansas. That year (2008) he was named most outstanding player in the midwest region. By Junior year he was the NCAA scoring leader.
Stephen Curry opted out of his Senior Year in college. In 2009, he was drafted 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors. Curry finished the season averaging 17.5 points and came in 2nd for the NBA Rookie of the year award. The following year he got the Golden State record for free throw percentage. He also earned the sportmanship award that season. The 2011-2012 season was a difficult on for Stephen Curry. He suffered a terrible ankle sprain and played only 26 of 66 games in a shortened lockout season. The following year he agreed to a $44 million 4-year contract extension. This would be less money than teammates David Lee and Andre Iguodola. But, he accepted the offer. He wasn’t one for trying to make the most money. That year they would make it to the playoffs, but were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs.
Around this time, Under Armour would give Stephen Curry a $5.5 million endorsement offer. He could have made significantly more by signing on with another company. But Stephen Curry, liked the way Under Armour was all about his needs. Stephen Curry, needed special sneakers to be made to work with his ankle injuries.
Stephen Curry, is a master of the three point shot. He was the youngest to make 1,000 three pointers in the NBA, the youngest to 100 three pointers in playoff games, and made 11 three pointers in one game (record is 12). He is still a devout Christian and writes biblical verses on his sneakers before playing basketball games. In 2011, he married his high school sweetheart Ayesha Curry. They have a young daughter, Riley Curry. At the time of this article they are leading Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Clayton Geoffreys, is a great writer that loves to write about basketball stars. His books give lots of interesting information and are available for free with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Clayton Geoffreys writes small books about current basketball superstars. Lebron James was raised solely by his mother, Gloria Marie. They struggled with poverty. At times they couldn’t even afford to heat the house. A local football coach had his eyes on on Lebron James. He was scouted to play youth football. This coach would open his home for Lebron James to live in. He would also introduce Lebron James to basetball. They put Lebron James on a youth team that would represent Northeast Ohio. Lebron and 3 close friends on the team would name themselves the ‘Fab Four‘. They collectively decided to go to St. Vincent – St. Mary high school to play basketball. In that neighborhood, black people didn’t typically attend St. Vincent – St. Mary. There was another school nearby that were more accepting of black people. So, the “Fab Four” did stir a little controversy.
The Fab Four would excel in high school basketball under the leadership of Lebron James. Lebron’s game play would fill the bleachers with fans. The games would have to be played at University of Akron to ensure that all fans were able to see Lebron James. Some of these tickets would be selling for $100 each. This team won the Ohio state championship 3 out of the 4 years that Lebron was on the team. Sophomore year was very successful. Lebron James gained a great deal of media attention. He attributes this superior confidence building to not winning the championship Junior Year. He said that junior year, the team wasn’t working as hard. They were just expected to win.
In 2003, Lebron James signed a $90 million contract with Nike. That was before he entered the NBA draft. Lebron James then entered the draft right out of high school. He was selected first overall by his home state’s Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first NBA game ever played he put up 25 points. By 2006, he was averaging over 30 points and have led the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance in 8 years. In 2007, he had led the team to their first NBA finals. Unfortunately, San Antonio took the title in 4 games that year.
In 2010, Lebron James became a free agent. He would join the Miami Heat that year. He would be joining other fell free agents Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. In the 4 seasons that he spent with Miami he had led them to the Finals each year. The Miami Heat would win the NBA championship in 2012 and 2013. For the 2014-2015 season he comes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once again, he brings the team to the NBA finals. The prior season Cavs had 33 wins and 49 losses.
Lebron James may easily be the best basketball player ever. He came from poverty, but managed to accomplish so much through the help of good people from Akron, Ohio. He had been the youngest player to break many records. Moreover, he is a great team player as evidenced by the amount of assists he has. Clayton Geoffreys write many books about basketball stars. His book provides a thorough background, great insight of Lebron’s development, and details about specific games that were important.