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Not even the NBA off-season can keep Stephen Curry from shooting his shot on the court. Even if that court is on asphalt against a bunch of pickup players.
The Warriors’ two-time league MVP was raining jumpers and getting scored on in Oakland at local hip-hop legend Mistah F.A.B.’s block party at Linden Park. The free-to-attend game was part of F.A.B.’s back-to-school event, which included a backpack giveaway for kids. Curry’s wife, Ayesha, was part of the event as well.
According to ESPN reporter Marc J. Spears, it was Curry’s teammate F.A.B. who hit the winning shot, a pull-up three-pointer.
Based on clips of the game shown on Twitter, Curry gave as well as he got from his opponents. We see him, wearing a black T-shirt and a backward-facing ballcap, draining a turnaround fadeaway jumper over one defender, to the delight of fans ringed around the court.
But in another clip, Curry is gamely trying to defend a shirtless ball-handler, clapping as if encouraging him to shoot a three. Which he drains despite Curry’s hand in his face.
Not that Curry needs any more public outreach to endear himself to Oakland, but his willingness to risk getting burned in public didn’t go unnoticed. As Chris Montano tweeted, “Steph Curry’s going 1v1 with some random dude at the park on a Sunday. He really is the greatest guy ever.”
Another video clip on Twitter showed Curry casually hanging out with some of the crowd in what could pass for a casual Sunday block party that didn’t involve a superstar athlete. And at the end of another, we see Steph and Ayesha mingling.
While Mistah F.A.B. had advertised that Warriors players would attend the block party, his 14th, the Currys’ presence was a surprise. In an interview with KTVU about the event, he emphasized the need to help parents with the costs of sending kids to schools, and about giving students a better example.
“It’s about changing the narrative and reinventing the role models,” F.A.B. said in the interview.
Greg Keraghosian is an SFGATE homepage editor. Email: email@example.com
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