Proud parenting problems: for Currys, a difficult final conference

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OAKLAND, California – They are lock-step and lock-arm and also lock-jersey as they enter Oracle Arena in what is their crowning achievement for mom and dad in basketball. Dell and Sonya Curry are in the running for the First Couple of the NBA, and in the Western Conference finals, this honor comes with equal pride and anxiety.

"It's so exciting because you want them both to do well, and here they are, on opposite counters," says Mama.

The father agreed, adding: "It is difficult for both."

Their children are, of course, Stephen and Seth Curry, and their dilemma is played out in front of millions of TV viewers, who see Dell and Sonya sitting in the stands wearing custom shoulder straps that honor both players. For Game 1, Dell had Steph's shirt # 30 Warriors on the front and Seth's # 31 Blazers on the back, and vice versa for Sonya. They will light up as the series goes on because parents never want to show favoritism for any of their children.

"Someone is going to lose and we will go to the Finals with one of them and it will be bittersweet," Dell Curry said. "But whoever does not go to the finals for his team will be there for his brother."

Stephen Curry to Mom: "Who are you with?"

Regardless of whether it is a sweet story involving a close-knit and stable family, what is surprising about this is that it is happening at all. Yes, the NBA has had a good deal of siblings before – do you know how many Plumlees are cashing in basketball checks? – but never in the same final conference. And what's more, none of the Curry guys dropped strong hints, even in high school, that they would have been on an NBA bench.

But religion and faith go through all the curries and parents, who have been married for 31 years, must have struck the right deal because they have been blessed with a series of playoffs that they won't soon forget, no matter how it ends.

By now, their bespoke television story is familiar. Dell was a guard who shoots well at Virginia Tech, where he met Sonya, who played for the women's volleyball team. They soon became a couple and delivered Steph while Dell played for the Cavaliers, who edited it. Seth arrived a few years later in Charlotte, where Dell was one of the best sixth men in the game, knocking the shots from distance for the Hornets.

Their basketball education started at home and in particular the driveway basketball court where the boys wore Hornets sweaters and pretended to be in the NBA.

"They fought each other," Dell Curry said. "You know, trying to get the winning point of the game and discussing whether you had a foul or not. You're standing there watching them fix it and it never got resolved. My wife and I took turns deciding which referee to won the game ".

Understandably, it has never overheated, because anger or jealousy does not seem to be in the DNA of the Curry family.

"Steph did a good job with that," Dell said. "Being the older boy, he could have beaten a lot [Seth]."

As Stephen Curry remains centered in the midst of the NBA storm.

The boys became familiar faces around the structure and games of the Hornets. They attended small private schools instead of basketball academies due to academics; their parents didn't specifically clean them for the NBA. Although the father's shooting genetics and his mother's competitive instinct were soon evident with both boys, they were challenged. They played like solid basketball players, but they looked like future accountants.

Everything changed for Steph not long after he went to Davidson College and Seth after moving from Liberty University to the Duke. Steph was an NCAA tournament event, and later Seth became a solid starter who replaced a wounded Kyrie Irving in one of the country's most prestigious programs. And so the crazy travel program for their parents began, each splitting the duties between their children as best they could; he hasn't calmed down since.

Steph had the gold plated course, winning a couple of Kia MVPs and three championships, changing the game from a shooting point of view and punching a Hall of Fame automatic ticket one day. Seth's career was nomadic. He was not enlisted because the teams wondered about his ability to handle the ball. The Warriors initially launched a lifeline, but Seth did not survive the training camp and was sent to the G-League team. He is with the sixth team in five years and apparently has turned the corner last season with the Mavericks, where he started 42 games before the intervention.

Steph is invested in his younger brother's career and cries silently about how Seth, who is now 28, lacks a long-term deal and security with a team. Although the young Curry finished third in the percentage of 3-point shots this season – a point in front of Stephen – Seth becomes a free agent this summer. Yet the good news is that he should be interested after a breakout season for the Blazers.

"They want one to do well," Dell said. "They rejoice at each other. They look at each other's games all the time. Steph is a quiet boy, but has roots for his brother and vice versa."

The Warriors has closed the opening. Can they do it again in game 2?

In the last few years Seth has been in the stands watching his brother during the postseason, sitting with his parents, marveling at Steph's talent and fortunes like everyone else. Until now. And here they are, trying to deny each other a championship.

There are times when the boys of the Curry look at each other and this always puts their parents in a difficult situation. When it happened in game 1, Dell and Sonya just watched, frozen in place. No applause, no support, nothing at all.

"Coming here, we didn't know what to expect or how to react," Dell said. "This hasn't happened before. We can usually go all-in on a team. We don't know how to cheer or respond when a team goes on the run. We can't go totally to one side."

Sonya said: "It lasts for my nerves".

These are problems with proud parents.

C & # 39; is a solution for the unstoppable journey, the leap in quality between two teams and this emotional wringer and the continuous question about games and victories and defeats:

Maybe one day, even next season, the boys will be … teammates? The face of Dell Curry suddenly lights up and the stress disappears.

"Now it would be great," he said "Being brothers and teammates, and in this situation where both win? Let's see what happens. Both have left many years in the league. Seth is a free agent. You never know."

Until then, if this happens, the parents will keep their travel agent in speed-dial mode and hold a tailor in stand-by if they need another set of stitched stitches together.

"It was hectic," Dell Curry said. "But don't get me wrong, we don't take it for granted. We're just taking everything. We don't complain at all. We know how special this is."

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Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can send it via e-mail here, find his archive here and follow it chirping .

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