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The Rise and Rise (and Rise) of Stephen Curry: The Wildly Miraculous and Quietly Inevitable Success of Golden State’s Point Guard

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry waits for play to resume during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry waits for play to resume during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Brian Phillips, GRANTLAND

 
(Grantland.com) — There are slideshows on the Internet of the house, stately and fountained, where Stephen Curry lived as a boy — the house his parents built in 1996, the year Steph turned 8, on a 16-acre plot a few minutes’ drive from the center of Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s a big house, six bedrooms. Steph’s father, Dell, played shooting guard for the local NBA franchise, the Hornets, and a couple of years earlier he’d won the league’s sixth man of the year award; the Currys saw this as their dream home, designed it themselves, had cabinets flown in from Africa. Later on they wound up selling it to another Charlotte player, Gerald Wallace, who covered every available surface with flat-screen TVs, and it’s from the Wallace era that the slideshows hail;1 still, it’s possible to imagine the Currys’ life there, the upper-middle-class childhoods resplendently sprawling over the place. Here’s the kitchen where Steph’s mother, Sonya, hung chore lists. Here’s the pool where Steph did cannonballs with his younger sister, Sydel. Here’s the lighted backyard basketball court where he waged war on his brother, Seth, where he drilled mechanics with his dad, where he shot free throw after free throw until after the sun went down.

 

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