Stephen Curry may look young. He may look inexperienced. But underneath that disarming smile lies the heart of an assassin. Even as a young player in the NBA, he was trying to show up the best.
Recently, Steph sat down with Clay Skipper from GQ magazine. They discussed a number of things, but perhaps the most interesting tidbit was Curry's admission that as a rookie, he incurred the "Kobe death stare" as a result of talking trash.
From the article:
Skipper: "This being Kobe's last All-Star game, do you have a favorite Kobe memory?"
Curry: "Our rookie year we were playing at Oracle and they had a 3-point lead down the stretch. He got fouled, going to the free throw line to ice the game with two free throws. As he's walking from one end of the court to the other, I'm this rookie that's just kind of living in the moment and I walk up to him as he's walking to the free throw line: "Hey, man, you nervous about these free throws?" The look he gave me was so just mean and cold. Just like, "What are you talking about? Get out of my face, you dumb rookie." He obviously made the two free throws and they won. I'll remember that look he gave me forever."
I can totally see that.
Scene: Late one night, lights glistening off the court. The crowd has been excited, sensing a possible victory, but now they have resigned themselves to yet another loss. Steph -- baby-faced, new to the league, very young -- steps towards the line, whispers in old-man-Kobe's ear. Kobe's eyes narrow, he slowly turns, faces the young challenger. Kobe ponders a response, but realizes that this youngun is no more than a grease stain on his court. He glares, says nothing. Turns back to the hoop. Both shots fall. The game is over. He leaves the arena without saying anything.
Yup, those were the days.
Also, Steph touched on what it's like being an MVP, while also being a super cool dad.
Skipper: We know you as Steph Curry, super cool NBA MVP. But I want to know what Riley thinks is the coolest thing about her dad.
Curry: That I bring her My Little Pony and Frozen toys. [laughs] She's like one of those kids, when you see a toy commercial on TV you're like, I want it. If it's in her head, she will not stop until she gets it. I love that about her. That's probably it right now for a 3-year-old. She knows when I'm in my jersey, my name is Stephen Curry, and then when I'm in regular clothes, I'm Daddy.
Everyone knows Steph is a diehard Panthers fan, and so lastly, he made his Super Bowl prediction.
Skipper: I can't leave without getting a Super Bowl prediction. I know it's your hometown Panthers. But what's the score?
Curry: At first I said 24-17, and now I'm gonna go 21-10.
Read the whole interview here!