NBA All-Star a ‘spe­cial’ for home boy Curry

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES SPORT - [email protected] times­group.com

In­di­anapo­lis: If you have fol- lowed the for­tunes of Amar­nath fam­ily in cricket, you might find an in­ter­est­ing sim­i­lar­ity in the Cur­rys of Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Fa­ther Dell, sons Stephen and Seth all have bas­ket­ball in their blood — just as the Amar­naths had cricket run­ning through their vein.

On Sun­day, one of th­ese Cur­rys will have more than just a match to play at the All-Star game in Char­lotte.

Stephen is among the modern leg­ends of the game, but more im­por­tantly, he is this North Carolina city's home boy. Hav­ing spent a ma­jor part of his grow­ing years in Char­lotte, the Golden State War­rior guard will be look­ing to il­lus­trate the best that the city has been for him. “I'm go­ing to do what­ever I can do to high­light the city,” Stephen told re­porters fol­low­ing a reg­u­lar league game re­cently. The

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city has meant a lot for him and emo­tions will surely be run­ning high.

Fa­ther Dell has had a long and pro­duc­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with the city-based team Char­lotte Hor­nets. In fact, it was with his fa­ther that Ste­pen fine tuned his skills in the game in this very city. He is look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brate his jour­ney in Char­lotte and that gives this game a dif­fer­ent twist. A Stephen Curry spe­cial could well be the or­der of the day. Even though the All-Star game isn't all that se­ri­ous af­fair, given that it is more of an ex­hi­bi­tion match than a com­pet­i­tive one, the star cast al­ways makes it an ex­cit­ing af­fair.

Curry comes up against LeBron James, the king of the game who has seen it all. Al­though they have squared up against each other mul­ti­ple times, it would be easy to guess who is ex­pected to get most of the shouts. War­riors team­mate Kevin Du­rant will also be on the other side. While Stephen was team cap­tain Gian­nis An­tetek­oun­mpo’s first pick, Du­rant was ri­val skip­per James' pre­ferred choice.

Stephen has ex­pressed ‘em­bar­rass­ment’ at the num­ber of tick­ets he has had to ar­range for fam­ily and friends. It's a pleas­ant em­bar­rass­ment of course, for the man who is ex­pected to steal the thun­der.

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