Stephen Curry: Allen Iverson inspired me to defy basketball odds
Deservedly so. Nobody pushed their abilities to the edge, nobody defied the conventional basketball wisdom — on and off the court — like Allen Iverson. That made him a hero to a generation.
And it inspired Stephen Curry, the Warriors’ guard told Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.
Curry saw what Iverson can do up close. Back in 2001 Stephen’s father Dell Curry was on the Raptors team taking on Iverson’s Sixers in the second round — a series where Iverson averaged 33.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 3.1 steals a game, and the Sixers took it in seven.
By the way, this is a mutual admiration society — Iverson is a big Curry fan.
Part of what makes both Curry and Iverson special is they are relatable in a physical sense. It’s hard to relate to the physical specimen that is LeBron James, or Anthony Davis, or Kevin Durant — it’s not that they are not fun to watch, but we don’t know what it’s like to be 6'9" and fast as a gazelle. But Iverson was 6-foot (officially, that may be in shoes) and Curry is 6'3" and skinny. They are the size of guys you play pickup against on the playground. You can relate.
And they can inspire.