It turns out some of the Warriors’ tremendous success this year can be linked to Steph Curry’s mom. Wait, what?
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it turns out Curry and his mom, Sonya, have had an agreement for the last three seasons that keeps Curry in check. Anytime Curry turns the ball over more than three times, he owes his mom $100 for each one past his three allowed. He can get his money back though; if he turns it over less than three times, then $100 are subtracted.
The deal doesn’t end in Curry just signing a check for his mom at the end of every game or the season. Instead, Curry pays his mom with shopping items like shoes, handbags, jewelry and other items at the end of the season.
“I like it,” Curry said. “I’m a competitor, so I like those kind of challenges. It’s a win-win for me. I take care of Mom and I have a lot less turnovers.”
Curry is averaging 3.2 turnovers per game, so his mom is averaging about a shoe per game.
“It keeps me on the edge every game,” he said. “I know she’s going to text me or have some witty one-liner about what she’s going to buy with all of my gifts.”
Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr has been emphasizing turning the ball less and it shows. During their first seven games this season, they averaged 22.1 turnovers per game. Since then, they have played 32 games and are averaging 13.6.
During the game, Curry isn’t just worried about the game and what his head coach has to say; he is also thinking about the agreement with his mom.
“When I get to two I think, 'Dang, I can’t have any more.’ If I get four it’s frustrating even more than just playing the game,” Curry said.
Whether it’s Curry, his mom, Coach Kerr, or a combination of all of them, it’s working. The Warriors hold the NBA’s best record at 33-6 and Curry is most likely going to be named a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team.
If the season ended today, besides people wondering why the season ended so early, Curry would arguably be the MVP of the league, which is more valuable than a full closet, right?