Stephen Curry, parents talk success, family

From left to right: Dell, Stephen and Sonya Curry recently spoke with WBTV anchor Paul Cameron.
From left to right: Dell, Stephen and Sonya Curry recently spoke with WBTV anchor Paul Cameron. WBTV

The Currys of Charlotte learn basketball at an early age. Dell Curry's two-and-a-half-year old granddaughter already knows her daddy's name, and the team he plays for.

"What's your daddy's name?" asks Dell Curry. "Stephen Curry," said Riley Curry. "Go Warriors."

Riley's father, Stephen, has lit up the NBA this year - and for good reason.

In high school at Charlotte Christian, and in college at Davidson, he was a skinny kid with a terrific jump shot. Six years into the pros, and he has changed his game to a much more aggressive style.

"For me as a parent, and as a mom, I see him maturing into a man," Steph's mom, Sonya, told WBTV, the Observer news partner. "Dell was a late bloomer, I was a late bloomer as far as maturity in your physique, and I think he's coming into his own now and he's becoming a man."

But not many grown NBA men can do what he does. While others shoot jumpers in warm-ups, Steph practices his ball handling, dribbling two balls at the same time. It's enough to make the late and famous Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon envious.

Curry demonstrates the flick-of-the-wrist shot his father Dell showed us 22 years ago while playing for the Charlotte Hornets. Steph was only five years old then, sitting in the stands and cheering for dad.

I should know, I sat one row in front of the Curry family. I reminded Steph of the many times he was jumping up and down in front of me.

"On NBA TV I saw a replay when he was in Charlotte," Steph said. "He made a shot and then they cut to that section - of the stands - and I saw my mom and the fashion back them was a little iffy. OK, [it was] very fashionable."

Steph is close to his family and they are integral to his success.

I've always thought Steph learned his jump shot from his dad, but got his athletic prowess from his mother.

"I'll take that," said his mom.

And Sonya should. She was a very fine college athlete whose motherly and spiritual inspiration can be readily seen on every one of Steph's game shoes.

"My mom texted me before my first practice at Davidson - Romans 8:28, her favorite verse - and it was kind of motivation and encouragement," Steph said. "And as I started a new journey, she encouraged me to find a new verse I could take hold of. Now it's Philippians 4:13, so I write both of those on the inside of my shoes. Playing out here on the west coast is still the same. That's the most consistent part of our life and what drives me."

During a playoff game in Oakland, California, Sonya and Steph's pregnant wife, Ayesha, sit together. Dell sits with his other son and Steph's younger brother, Seth.

I asked Sonya if she's as nervous watching Steph as she was watching her husband 20 years ago? "Oh, I'm way more nervous watching him than watching Dell."

"He makes things look easy," said Dell, "But I know how hard it is to perform and be consistent when you're getting defended as hard as he does every night."

Will this kid from Charlotte, who's turned into a grown man, a husband, a father and the hottest player on the planet, be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2014-2015 season?

"Absolutely, absolutely," says Dell. "He's the best player on the best team."

The MVP balloting will be released later this week.

See more of WBTV’s interview with the Currys and a slideshow at http://bit.ly/1KptUUp

WBTV is a media partner of The Charlotte Observer.

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