2014-15 NBA MVP Stephen Curry told Active Faith on June 17 he gives credit to his faith for his success in the National Basketball Association. His Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA title on that same day, their first in 40 years.
Stephen Curry is giving credit to God for his success in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Curry, the 2014-15 NBA MVP, told ChristianToday.com's Czarina Ong on Wednesday he points his right index finger every time he drains a three-pointer as his way of witnessing for Jesus Christ:
"I try to use every game as an opportunity to witness. I try to do a little signal every time I make a shot as a way to preach the message in little ways that I can.
"Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in."
Curry's Christian faith carries over into his endorsements -- the number 4:13 is inscripted on the sole of his own Under Armour sneaker line, per Ong:
"It represents a Bible verse I wear on my shoe," Curry tells ChristianToday.com. "Philippians 4:13. It says, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' It's also my mantra, how I get up for games and why I play the way I do."
Curry told Ong his faith goes way back to his childhood days when his parents, Dell and Sonia, would bring him to church every Sunday and Wednesday. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior upon the urging of a youth pastor. Since then, Curry has not turned back.
"There are so many things we have to overcome in this life with Jesus," Curry says. "His work on the cross, He's paid the ultimate price for us so I'm proud to be a child of God."
His mother Sonia told Israeli website NBA.Sport5.co.Il (translated to English) on June 17 her son has always lived up to his faith:
"God touches you and determines your fate, and yet, it's all up to you whether to go with this program and to comply with this path and I think Stephen is doing it and I think it was revealed to the world every day and every game.
"It's like seeing the grace of God. He created us for those moments and it operates according to that. He works hard and we just enjoy every second it happens."
Both mother and son have a Hebrew tattoo. She told NBA.Sport5.co.il why she likes it. Prior to Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, she said she wanted the Warriors to win it all on the road:
"I like my connection to Hebrew Christianity, that Jesus was a Jew. I want to study the Torah and Jewish culture. I visited Jerusalem five years ago and it changed me spiritually. I wanted to soak it all in.
"I want my son to succeed, everyone will love it, not to make mistakes. I will be happy if Golden State will take the championship in Akron, because that's where he was born. If fans were games, we would have won."
Behind Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala's 25 points, the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97, to win the series in six games and their first NBA title since 1975, per Ong.
Curry is just the sixth player in league history to win his first NBA MVP award and first NBA title in the same season. Ong says the last player to accomplish this feat was the Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal during the 1999-2000 NBA season.
Curry also established a new NBA playoff record by draining 98 three-pointers this season, per ChristianToday.com.
The 27-year-old Curry has averaged 20.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 416 career regular-season games for the Warriors, per ESPN stats.
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