Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry already had a big week, visiting the White House with his team to be honored for winning the NBA championship.
The topper will be Sunday, when Curry will be at Levi’s Stadium for the Super Bowl to root on his beloved Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos.
Curry’s Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Then he has a day off to be a fan of the team he’s rooted for since he was 7, growing up in Charlotte.
“We used to drive down to Clemson to watch them play that first year before (what’s now Bank of America) Stadium was built,” Curry told reporters at practice Friday. “My dad (Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Dell Curry) has had season tickets ever since.”
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The Curry family has become close friends with Panthers coach Ron Rivera and his family. Earlier this season Curry was selected to pound the “Keep Pounding” drum before a Panthers home game.
Curry isn’t shy about practicing his fandom, even when some Bay Area fans criticized him for it two seasons ago when the Panthers played the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. Two weeks ago, before the Panthers played the Arizona Cardinals, Curry showed up for a shootaround in Oakland in a custom No. 30 Panthers jersey.
Curry said it would be extra special to see the Panthers win their first NFL title a year after his Warriors broke through for the NBA championship.
“Any time you get that first championship, for players that would probably be a double sense of pride,” Curry said. “Most of them are going to get their first, but also to do it the first time in franchise history.
“I remember watching Jake Delhomme, Muhsin Muhammad, Steve Smith – all the guys in that (2004) Super Bowl.”
What does he have planned for Sunday?
“Hopefully a little celebration in there someplace,” Curry said. “I’ve never been to a Super Bowl before, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”