Steph Curry's father, former NBA player Dell Curry, is analyzing his son's God-given abilities to excel at a high level in the NBA from the perspective of someone who played in the league for 16 years.
Steph, the Golden State Warriors' point guard who was named league MVP last season when his team won the 2014-2015 championship, shows no signs of slowing down.
While there is no denying the hard work 27-year-old Steph puts into his craft, Dell also credits God for his son's talents.
"It's just God-given abilities in different ways and you just have to develop those skills that you have and try to work on the ones that you're weaker at, and I think that is what Steph has done every year. Every summer he has gotten better," he said in a Philly.com report. "He has changed parts of his game. Even from a leadership role. That is a part of the game that makes your overall game better. I think he's worked on that as well."
In his NBA MVP acceptance speech last year, Steph spoke about how much his parents influenced his game.
"Mom you are our spiritual guidance and our disciplinarian at times when pops was away. ... The way that you raised us, not taking any slack," Curry said in his speech. "We knew sports was important to us and our family but there are priorities in life. Obviously faith is foremost, how we did in school is important. If we didn't handle that business then there were no privileges."
While the player shared notable memories with his teammates and Warriors staff, he also made it clear that his faith was one of the key reasons for his success.
"Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don't," Curry said. "It doesn't matter where you come from, what you have or don't have, what you lack or what you have too much of, but all you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to."
Last year, he took time out to reflect on his Christian faith when speaking to Christian sports apparel brand, Active Faith. According to the Christian athlete, his relationship with Jesus Christ started around middle school.
"My parents had us in church every Sunday, every Wednesday. It was more of a tradition at that point; I didn't have a personal relationship with the Lord until I went to the altar call one Sunday and the youth pastor told us to make a decision for ourselves," Curry told Active Faith. "The youth pastor told us we had to make a decision for ourselves, we couldn't rely on our parents. It had to be a decision on our own, and that's when I made it."