The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
The #1 national bestseller and inside story of Steph Curry, the greatest shooter basketball has ever seen.
Golden is the first book to provide an all-access look at Steph Curry and the team that has fueled Dub Nation—by longtime Warriors beat reporter and Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson, the go-to expert on all things Golden State.
A lifelong Warriors fan turned insider Thompson is uniquely qualified to tell the definitive story of a singular talent, pulling back the curtain on the crazy work ethic and on-court intensity that make Curry great—and the emphasis on family and faith that keeps him grounded.
Combining the competitive grit and fun-loving spirit of his mother with the mild demeanor, easy charm, and sharp shooting of his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, Steph Curry derives support and strength from his close-knit kin and his commitment to Christianity. This hard-working, wholesome image however is both a blessing and curse in a League of big personalities. Thompson unravels the complicated underpinnings of the Steph Curry hate with a nuanced analysis of how class and complexion come into play when a child with an NBA pedigree becomes the face of a sport traditionally honed on inner-city black top and dominated by the less privileged.
With unprecedented access, Thompson draws from exclusive interviews with Steph Curry, his family, his teammates, Coach Steve Kerr, and the Warriors owners to bring readers inside the locker room and courtside with this remarkable athlete and man.
Thompson, a columnist for the Mercury News and East Bay Times, frequently gets up-close looks at Curry, the cherubic scoring savant for the Golden State Warriors, who is just entering the prime of his basketball career at age 28. Examining a still-active sports figure is difficult; Thompson mostly manages it by detailing Curry's relentless drive. Curry went from getting zero scholarship offers from major colleges to being an NBA lottery pick. After two NBA MVP awards, Curry still endures punishing off-season workouts and keeps giving his trainer more to work on. Unfortunately, Thompson never finds the balance between tone and content, stumbling into game recaps and observations on his subject that can be overwrought (" are tools for revenge, to announce his superiority"), simplistic ("He makes the kind of shots people daydream about"), or dossier-dull statistical. He fails to unite the disparate themes to profile a new kind of athletic superstar, a devout, humble family man who turned craftiness and outside shooting into sexy, marketable qualities.
Amazing read. Whether or not you're a basketball fan, this book will make you appreciate the perseverance of Steph Curry. Thompson does an excellent job of conveying the hardships Curry has overcome and showing how Steph's unwavering courage has allowed him to rise amongst the elite in the NBA.
Marcus Thompson takes a very popular player and known figure of inspiration and gives a microscopic view into the spirit and fight that is Steph Curry. I feel more connected and inspired by his journey after reading this book. I kept turning the pages hoping it wasn't the last and trying to gain some perspective on my own fight in life because he did.
Loved the book it's a must read, because the writer clearly knows a side we all wish we knew. Curry is a phenomenon that should be celebrated because his story is phenomenal!