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Stephen Curry reveals why he didn’t wear infamous “Chef Curry” shoes during Finals

2016 NBA Finals - Game Seven

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to members of the media after being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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During the NBA Finals, Under Armour unveiled the all-white “Chef Curry” colorway of the Curry 2 signature shoe, and the sneaker immediately became the subject of many jokes on the internet. Curry didn’t wear them during the series, but he defended them during various press conferences while the Finals were going on. In a new interview with ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, he reveals that he chose not to wear the shoes at the advice of the team and his agent.

Curry also endured some criticism for his Under Armour “Chef” shoe that debuted during the Finals -- a low-cut, plain white shoe that was ridiculed as being a sneaker for nurses or dads.

He revealed for the first time Saturday that he was ready to wear them for Game 4, but was talked out of it by Warriors general manager Bob Myers and his agent Jeff Austin, who were concerned about the low cut given Curry’s history of ankle issues.


The ankle concern is a valid one, given both Curry’s history and the ankle problems he suffered during the 2016 playoffs. But it would have broken Twitter if he’d actually worn the shoes in a game.