Stephen Curry Is Many Things, But Humble Is Not One Of Them
Stephen Curry never ceases to amaze us.
Even before Game 4 between the Warriors and Blazers, we'd already seen enough insane stunts from the All-Star point guard this year to justify a second consecutive MVP award.
We'd seen him stroll down the court during the best game of the season and casually pull up for a game-winner from a distance no other player could.
We'd seen him make the league's best defensive player look like a joke.
Steph Curry making Kawhi Leonard look dumb. WOW pic.twitter.com/7QkUjRayEN — gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 26, 2016
We'd seen him get so used to his own greatness, he doesn't even need to watch his shots.
We'd seen so much insanity from Steph that if I actually kept up this tiring trend of citing every highlight, the screen you're looking at would eventually crash.
Curry's been truly indescribable this season, and that fact alone merits a repeat nomination for Most Valuable Player. We've all accepted there's something about Curry that makes him so well liked, appreciated and deserving of the first unanimously voted MVP in league history.
But what is it?
His slight frame and history as an underrated college prospect made him the ultimate anomaly: The rich kid with an NBA player dad who somehow became an underdog.
Average people can see themselves in him, which makes him more relatable and thus, more popular.
Then there's the fact he has the image of the good guy and family man. He has the daughter everyone can't get enough of and a happily-ever-after love story with a wife everyone loves, including First Lady Michelle Obama.
But the idea of Curry as an all-around great guy off the court is not to be conflated with the idea of him being the "nice guy" of the NBA, the latter being one of the greatest myths about 28-year-old.
On the court, Stephen Curry is not the harmless character people have made him out to be. In fact, he's just as much of an in-yo'-face showboat as any other player in the league.
When he drives a dagger through your team's heart, he's not meekly celebrating and giving teammates conservative daps. Nope, he's out here to show off and stunt on everyone.
And we don't even have to reach more than two days back to find the easiest example of him doing just that. Just ask Portland how it felt on Monday night.
That's nothing, though. The Blazers should be happy Steph didn't start tap dancing on 'em like he did to the Thunder after that 38-foot game-winner.
And let's not forget his favorite, most disrespectful and, might I add, funniest routine. You would think he's a member of Kappa Alpha Psi the way he's been shimmying all season, literally in people's faces.
And if you think this is heading toward a Curry-is-a-disgrace-to-the-game hot take, the case is quite the opposite.
There's really no reason to get righteous here. After all, the sports world has always been the place where we allow people to brag in each other's faces the most and, to be honest, I've been waiting for Steph to do just that for a while.
There's even a case to be made that Curry hasn't gone far enough.
After he shimmied in front of the Hawks bench back in February, we had everyone, including Steph, telling us how innocent it was.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers took exception to him saying he hoped their locker room still smelled like championship champagne, he backtracked from that statement, too.
I mean, if you're gonna be that guy, at least own it.
"You're damn right I did all those disrespectful things," would have been more like it.
As for the rest of us, it's time we admit reality. On the court, Steph Curry is far from humble and we don't have to act like he is just because we like him.