Why a young Stephen Curry fan is tearfully defending his idol

June 5, 2018 - 4:17 PM
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Steph Curry in 2017 (USA Today/Reuters)

A Facebook post featuring a video of a young child emotionally defending his basketball idol Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors from the criticism of friends and family has gone viral.

“Wag ‘yun idol ko yun!”

In the video, the young fan is visibly upset after what seems to be an argument with friends and relatives.

He says that his favorite Warriors player, team captain and two-time Most Valuable Player, Curry was teased by his friends and family, who supporter the Warriors’ rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors’ little cheerleader has the last laugh.

Curry is averaging a startling 31.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game for the Warriors in the finals so far, helping them get a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers in the NBA finals.

In their 122-103 victory in Game 2, Curry sank nine three-point shots, the most anyone has made in an NBA finals game.

The cult of Curry

Recently, Interaksyon reported on the Bay-area based Golden State Warriors’ popularity with Filipino fans.

Curry has been integral in popularizing the Warriors outside of the United States. In 2015, he visited the Philippines for a promo tour for the sporting apparel company he endorses.

He appears to have left the country bringing with him some good memories. He has been documented voicing his love for the Philippines and Filipino food.

Curry’s overseas publicity efforts are also credited for building the Warriors’ strong following in China.

Evidence of his impact on Chinese pop culture is a hit rap song that bears his name.

In a 2015 article by the New York Times, Scott Cacciola discusses how Curry’s flair for three-point shooting won fans from all over.

The son of a former basketball player, Wardell Stephen Curry II was the unlikely star for Davidson College in the National Collegiate Athletics Association of the US before being drafted by the Warriors as the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA draft.

Since then, he is regarded as the greatest shooter in the league’s history.

The records for most regular season three-pointers made (402), most consecutive regular season games with a made three-pointer (157), most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer (75), most three-pointers made in a single playoffs (98 – tied with teammate Klay Thompson), and most three-pointers made in a game (13) all belong to him.

He led the Warriors to the best regular season win-loss record in the history of the NBA to date (73-9) in the 2015-2016 season, but lost to Lebron James and the Cavaliers in the finals.