Many professional athletes claim to have faith in something greater than them but no one is more outspoken than Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry was the league’s MVP last season attributes his skill and success on the basketball court to one thing. His faith and belief in Christ. Curry finished runner up for rookie of the year award his first year in the NBA has only gotten better since. One of the things that Stephen Curry is notorious for is having, “I can do all things…” written on his shoes. This is the beginning of a Bible verse Philippians 4:13, which says, “For I can do all things through Him (Jesus) who strengthens me.” With putting this verse on his shoe it has become his trademark and also one of the silent ways he screams and proclaims his faith to all those who watch him (Read more here).
Stephen Curry has had an amazing up and down career. Starting out with his senior year in high school. Steph played at Charlotte Christian High School in North Carolina. This is a relatively small private high school and Stephen Curry was not highly recruited by any big name Colleges. He finally found himself signing to play at Davidson College. Steph was very disappointed that he was not recruited by any of the big name universities in high school but he quickly made a name for himself in his second year at Davidson when he took them on a Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament beating Gonzaga, Georgetown and almost the number one seed Kansas. After Curry took his team so far in the tournament he became very well-known and very highly talked about.
On one of the biggest stage of college basketball Steph made a name for himself. And after he would make a shot he would touch his heart and point to the sky. When asked why he did this he told the reporters that he did it so he would never forget who got him there. This is a gesture that curry has kept doing even in the NBA.
As Curry entered the NBA he was drafted as the 7th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. His rookie season he adjusted quickly to the NBA and was effective for the Warriors immediately. Doing what he does best. Shooting the three ball. Steph had a great first year and finished runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award. The next couple seasons were rough as the Warriors went through some changes to the organization. It also did not help that during this time as well Steph underwent a couple major injuries to his ankles. He ended up having to sit out over half of a season so that he could have surgery done on his ankles and go through rehab.
This did not stop Stephen Curry but only made him better and stronger in his faith. Last year Steph did something that no one thought could happen. He responded to the criticism of being too small and not skilled enough to play or be effective in the NBA and he came out and won the MVP and he took the Golden State Warriors to the NBA finals and won them a championship.
Stephen Curry claims that this is only possible through the strength of the Lord and that without him it would be impossible. When interviewed for an article by Christian Today, about this Steph said, “God’s given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day,” he said. “I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment. But I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.”
This is very highly talked about in the sports world. Does Stephen Curry’s faith actually help him perform better and achieve greater success? Does the Lord actually give Stephen Curry a special anointing when he plays basketball so that he performs better than some of the other players?
Some would say yes and others would say no, just like in all debates. I was very curious to see what people thought about this topic so I made a poll and posted it on twitter. I asked the Question “Do you think Stephen Curry’s faith actually helps him play better?” Out of the 26 people who voted, 88 percent of them said yes his faith does help him. And only 12 percent denied it and said no.
There is no real way of knowing the right answer. I think it all comes down to what you believe and if you have faith in anything. If you are a Christian my guess is that you will be more inclined to believe that Steph’s faith in the Lord gives him strength and does help him play better, but if you do not believe in God it might be kind of hard to understand or believe that it would give him an extra ability to perform better.
All I can say is just look at his overall Journey. How many other players and athletes have overcome so many odds to find such great success? I don’t think that anyone can deny that Steph’s faith in the Lord is unlike anything seen before and is definitely special in some way. Who knows maybe one day we will find out the answer.