It was December 2007 in Anaheim, California, and Kerr — then the general manager for the Phoenix Suns — was scouting a tournament alongside close friend and then-Suns scout Bruce Fraser. In a game that featured future pros Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Darren Collison and Luc Mbah a Moute playing for UCLA, Kerr found himself locking in on the skinny shooter from the tiny school outside of Charlotte.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“It was magical to watch him,” Kerr told ESPN recently. “The first time I saw him play, he was a sophomore, played in the Wooden Classic against UCLA. And he didn’t shoot the ball that well, but he was — his ballhandling, his feel, the way he played just jumped off the court. You could just feel his presence. The whole game revolved around him.”
Curry was just 6-for-19 from the field in a 75-63 loss to the Bruins, but Kerr left impressed by what he had just seen. As he looks back on the game, and Curry’s path toward superstardom, the coach can’t help but smile at the conversation he had with Curry’s parents after that game was over.
“Stephen Curry is somebody that people want to embrace,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. “His persona, his character; he’s got the character that you want your son, your husband, your father to have. He’s got the persona that is a combination of great confidence but great humility.”
McKillop, who is in his 30th season at Davidson, uses another sports analogy to explain how strong Curry’s bond is with the Charlotte area.
“As a kid growing up in Queens, New York, one of the great stories of my time was of Bobby Thomson’s home run,” he said. “‘The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!’ Steph Curry’s career was Bobby Thomson’s home run. That home run lasted for decades. That was one event. One at-bat. Steph Curry’s career at Davidson has resonated the same way as sort of an iconic aspect of sport 10 years ago that now has transcended time and is a treasured memory for anyone who was part of fandom. Davidson College, Charlotte, North Carolina, basketball globally, as well as regionally, as well as nationally.”
A decade after leaving Davidson to enter the 2009 NBA draft, Curry’s presence is still felt all over the campus and throughout the alumni network. His pictures hang throughout the walls of the John M. Belk Arena on campus, and his reputation shines as a sterling example of the best Davidson has to offer on and off the floor. His name has become synonymous with the school itself.
For his part, Curry is quick to give credit to McKillop and his former teammates for helping them create the memories that continue to resonate today.nike nfl jerseys cheap china
“It was just a monumental moment, like snapshot in time, with that tournament run,” Curry said. “To be honest, the storyline around the school was 1,800 students really rallied around us and showed that support. … I think [people] see me in the red jersey and kind of look like I’m 14 out there and doing amazing things — that’s something people remember. I definitely do. I look forward to going back every time I have an opportunity. And when I see my teammates that I played with, you pick up where you left off in terms of how much they all had to do with my success and our success as a team.”