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The Steph Stuff

This was fun, writing about Steph Curry and what he meant to Charlotte. Gave me a chance to relive the early Hornets days and the cult-hero wonder of his father Dell …

CHARLOTTE — Everywhere the 10-year-old goes in this town, she hears stories about Steph Curry. You see, Curry is embedded into her day-to-day life in Charlotte. He is everywhere. Example: Katie plays basketball with enthusiasm, though she is usually the smallest one out there. The director of the community center where she plays sees this and takes her into his office. “Do you like Steph Curry?” he asks. “You know, he used to play here.”

The Right Steph on NBC SportsWorld.

2 Responses to The Steph Stuff

  1. invitro says:

    Great article. I suppose Curry really is that beloved in the US. The NBA Finals had their best TV ratings since 2001, which are probably a fair bit due to his popularity. I have a little bit of trouble with this though:

    “Chris Sabo, for instance, was a good baseball player, but in Cincinnati he became iconic because he grew up in Cincinnati, and he wore glasses, and he played impossibly hard and he drove a Ford Escort with 200,000 miles on it.”

    I’d say the main reason he became iconic is his baseball skills, combined with the Reds’ 1990 title. Sabo memorably OPSed 1.611 in it, overshadowed a bit by Hatcher’s best-ever Series. He looks to be about the 2nd-best 3B of 1988-1991; there were lots and lots of very good 3B then*, all at about the same level (other than Boggs towering high above them). He was well-rewarded, with a RoY, three All-Star games, a MVP #13 finish, and another #20 finish. Maybe his hometown/glasses/playing style/car added to his popularity, but they are not needed to explain his iconic status in Cincy… his results in baseball are plenty.

    Joe lived in Cincy at this time, right? Or was that a few years later? I lived in the southeast, and Sabo was very, very well known at the time in my region. But a lot of people disliked his personality, and that dislike will often translate into like in a player’s hometown. He was one of my favorites, partly because I was a pretty big Reds fan then (though not as much as in the 1980s). The Reds were chock-full of exciting, fun, and “controversial” players, like many teams of that time.

    * I had forgotten that Kelly Gruber finished 4th in MVP voting once, LOL.

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