Earlier today Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry received the Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award for this past season.
According to the NBA’s press release “as a direct result of Curry’s efforts, ThanksUSA has awarded 39 scholarships to children and spouses of military families, totaling $117,000. ” That same charity will receive another $25,000 on Curry’s behalf which will provide another eight scholarships to ThanksUSA.
But, that was not his only cause, as he also made a trip lasts July to a Tanzanian refugee camp and aided in the distribution of 38,000 mosquito bed nets with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Stephen Curry also hosted his “Three for Three Challenge” where he donated three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he made during the NBA season, generating 783 bed nets over the course of the season.
The list goes on and on and includes participation in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the launching of his inaugural Stephen Curry Overnight Camp at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach for 120 youth, and even the Splash Brothers Parent-Child Fantasy Basketball Clinic where both he and teammate Klay Thompson, along with their fathers, provided one-on-one coaching to kids.
However, it wasn’t his laundry list of accolades that created waves across the NBA today, as he also had plenty to say about the recent head coaching debacle. He called the quick hiring of Steve Kerr “kind of a shock” to him and most of his teammates.
Curry did acknowledge that “each decision is geared toward winning”, and has already spoken to Kerr a few times over the phone. This comes after the All-Star point-guard was very outspoken in support of his former head coach Mark Jackson, and today said that Jackson “was a sign of stability” after having three coaches in three years.
He also spoke about the other half of the “Splash Brothers”, Klay Thompson, no doubt due to recent trade rumors floating around about who the Golden State Warriors would have to part with in order to land the highly coveted Kevin Love.
“I definitely want him to continue be my backcourt mate and keep pushing,” Curry said, “keep growing together and not to waste the nickname.”
The praises didn’t stop there either, and he went on, saying “I love playing with him. He makes me better. I try to make him better. How much better he’s gotten since Day 1 is kind of scary. He’s such a great two-way player. He hasn’t come anywhere close to hitting the ceiling.”
Whether or not this was his way of telling ownership to keep Thompson out of the trade rumors remains to be seen, but over the last week it has come to light that shooting guards of Thompson’s caliber are few and far between, thus increasing his trade value drastically.