There’s every indication that his reach extends to multiple generations, cultures, financial classes and races. But it’s not by design — Curry stays true to himself and that’s the appeal. He has chosen a conventional lifestyle that makes him somewhat unique in today’s society, especially among young athletes who gravitate to the clubs and find their way to TMZ. He got married first, then had two children, and has stayed married to the same woman, Ayesha. He often mentions his faith. No one can remember him cursing. He’s respectful to those who aren’t important to him, the true test of character for the famous. As the demand for his time begins to grow, Curry simply makes more time.
“He’s amazing around kids, and as you can imagine, everyone wants a piece of him,” said Kerr. “He’s never rude. He’s so easygoing with fans and the public. I often wonder if it gets too much for him, but if it is, he doesn’t show it. I’ve never seen him complain.”
You name the cause, Curry is good: Make A Wish, local churches in Oakland, community centers, etc. He’s currently headlining an attempt to fight malaria in Africa. And remember, he has a toddler and a newborn at home, along with a wife. And a gym, waiting for him to arrive, practice and improve.
“People see the impact he’s making with the fans, he’s become one of the most popular athletes in the planet,” Kerr said. “People relate to him. They enjoy watching him play. They admire his humility and the way he carries himself. At heart he’s a big kid who plays the game with joy, unfazed by the pressure or the chaos around him. I think all of that stuff factors in.”
He is simply a product of his environment, meaning, he was obviously raised well, and his humility is rooted in early basketball rejection. In some ways Curry is still the kid who couldn’t get a callback from the major colleges, and was thethird point guard taken in the 2009 Draft.
It is why he practices relentlessly on his ballhandling and shooting, drills that now draw many fans before the game, both home and on the road. Curry is changing the game in that sense, making it realistic for normal-sized kids who otherwise would see a basketball ceiling above them.