If you think giving up the ball to the opposition is enough of a price for Stephen Curry to pay when he turns the ball over, you haven't met his mother.
Sonya Curry, wife of Stephen's father, former NBA player Dell Curry, reportedly fines her son for coughing the ball up excessively.
This is all according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Ann Killion, who says coming up with an adequate punishment was a joint effort between Curry's parents.
Sonya came up with the idea of fining her son a few seasons ago, frustrated at watching him lose the ball too many times in one game. She checked with her husband, former NBA guard Dell, on what would be a reasonable number of turnovers to hold Stephen to per game; they settled on three. Anything more than that, he owes his mother: $100 per giveaway. Anything under is subtracted from his total.
Curry's unintentional generosity in giving away the ball to opponents, in turn, results in generosity toward his mother, too, and the fines eventually help pay for a Sonya shopping spree.
At the end of the season, Curry doesn't write his mother a check; she just lets him know — usually through his wife, Ayesha — what fashion items she has had her eye on. 'It keeps me on the edge every game,' he said. 'I know she's going to text me or have some witty one-liner about what she's going to buy with all of my gifts.'
It's just one more reason for Steph to keep his eye on the ball and away from the defender, which his mother says he is totally up for.
It's a verbal contract. Steph likes a challenge.