Dell Curry Shares the Timing Steph Curry Considers Giving Up Basketball

Mary Raleigh

While Steph Curry had a father in the NBA, basketball did not come as easy to him as it does to other children of NBA players. Undersized for much of his youth, Curry had to fight through different obstacles to become the NBA legend he is now. In a recent interview with Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer, Steph’s father Dell Curry revealed the time Steph almost quit basketball.

“He was a small kid, about 5-8 and 115 pounds, when he finished his sophomore year at Charlotte Christian,” Dell Curry said of Steph. “… And to get his shot off, he would load up from his waist and just kind of push it up. It went in and it would work in high school. But he goes, ‘Dad, I think I want to go to college.’ I’m like, ‘All right, we got to change your shot.’ And he goes: ‘What?’ I said: ‘Yeah, we gotta move your shot above your head, or you’re gonna get it blocked.’ It was a really tough summer. He was real close to like: ‘I’m not doing this. I’m not playing basketball.’ But I’m like, ‘Son, you got to stick with it. It’ll work.’ He did, but it was a month or so before he was strong enough to shoot outside the paint.”


When asked straight-up if Steph considered quitting that summer, Dell told Fowler, “It was tough. He’s like, ‘I can’t do it. It’s too hard.’ But thank goodness, he trusted old dad.”

For the Golden State Warriors and NBA fans everywhere, it’s a great thing that Curry was able to work through that difficult summer of changing his shot mechanics.


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