Stephen Curry Keeps Poise Under Pressure

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NBA fans are watching as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors battle for the title of champion during this year's NBA playoffs. While LeBron James and the Cavaliers battle it out with Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Riley Curry is stealing the sidelines show with cuteness. At last night's game, the camera's caught Riley giving Grandpa, Dell Curry, a big kiss on the cheek in the last minutes of the game. The cameras are watching Riley after a couple show-stealing performances at press conferences with her dad Stephen Curry.

It takes confidence and calm to play a professional sport, especially during playoffs, but it takes even more poise and concentration to speak at an NBA press conference with your 2-year-old daughter on your knee. That's exactly what Stepen Curry did at two press conferences prior to the NBA playoffs. After watching the clips of the press conference, I'm pretty sure that I would have been sweating bullets and lost all asssemblance of what I was supposed to be talking about, but Stephen Curry, showed poise and that being a dad takes patience and tolerance. Some in the media criticized Curry for bringing his daughter, Riley, to the press conference. I applaud him for maintaining his cool in front of the cameras, staying on point while she played in the curtains, and not missing a beat as a dad when his daughter said she wanted to spend time with him on his day off.

His wife Ayesha Curry summed it up very well in her essay for TIME magazine: "Stephen attends practice every day, and gives his all during the games on an almost-nightly basis. When that's over, all he wants is to see his family, and on the day of that press conference, our daughter wanted to be with her father. I thought it was beautiful for him not to push his daddy duties to the bottom of the list just because all eyes were on him. I believe you should let your children be children, and don't be afraid to be a parent, regardless of who's watching."

Ayesha Curry writes the blog Little Lights of Mine where she writes about family life. Though Stephen Curry is an NBA superstar, they are still young parents in their twenties with a 2-year-old and a baby on the way. And it wasn't long ago at all that Stephen was making history on the Davidson College courts and in the NCAA tournament. And for those of us who remember the Charlotte Hornets from long ago, we remember young Stephen growing up while his dad Dell Curry was a favorite for the hometown team. Ayesha Curry also grew up in Charlotte. Point is, they are real people with real lives, and I can appreciate he hasn't lost sight of those special days off the court that he can spend time being a dad.

Last night's game wasn't a win for the Warriors, and the series is now tied at 1:1. Regardless of wins and losses on the court, this excerpt from the essay by Ayesha Curry says a lot about what really matters: "All the hoopla and excitement of Stephen playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs has really put our life into perspective. If anything, the attention has brought us closer together and made us realize that through all of this, we need to remain balanced and relaxed, especially in our home with our daughter." It's about perspective. I hope that this young family through all the spotlight hoopla and press conferences, wins and losses, can keep that perspective on keeping family first.

Win or lose, I have a new respect for the Stephen Curry and wish them the best on the arrival of their new baby. And I suspect we'll be seeing more of Riley as she seems pretty comfortable in front of the cameras!