Steph Curry is now an established NBA superstar.
Last June, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard has led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years, on the way to earning his first league Most Valuable Player trophy.
Curry is a perfect example of somebody who we could say, is not a ‘gifted athlete’.
The former Davidson star isn’t athletic, doesn’t have the size to bang bodies, nor does he have the leaping ability to soar past a defender.
Curry also started the first three years of his NBA career on the losing end.
The Warriors won 26, 36 and 26 games during that stretch as they failed to play in the post-season.
Worse, Curry was limited to just 26 games in the 2012 season, his third year as a pro due to a recurring ankle injury.
But in all his pro basketball struggles, the son of former Charlotte Hornets gunner Dell Curry, refused to quit as he worked hard to get into the best shape possible.
His hardwork paid off as Golden State saw its win-column appreciate the last three years. In 2013, the Warriors registered 47 victories, then tallied 51 wins the following year, before establishing a franchise-record 67 Ws this season on the way to capturing the NBA title via a 4-2 series triumph over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During Curry’s recent Manila visit courtesy of Under Armour, the Golden State superstar shared that his confidence is “built on hardwork”.
By focusing on the basics like dribbling and working on his outside shooting for hours, Curry rose to become one of the NBA’s deadliest gunners today.
“I spent a lot of time in the gym. You have to work hard,” Curry said in an article by my Philstar.com colleague Alder Almo.
“In those times you feel lazy and just want to watch TV, that’s when you have to really go to the gym.”
Looking back at Curry’s rise to fame, everybody can relate to the 2015 NBA MVP.
From the time he was selected ninth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, disappointment was a recurring theme in Curry’s pro career.
But the 27-year-old Akron, Ohio-born shooting guard managed to use his career setbacks as stepping stones to success.
Curry’s NBA career offers a valuable insight to us. For no matter what you are going through today or will ever go through in life, your “down” moment has a purpose.
God can and will use that to achieve His plans for your life.
As Romans 8:28 (Living Translation) says, 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
By entrusting your future to God, you can rise from the ashes of defeat and experience His victory.