During a season filled with historic moments, Golden State Warriors' point guard Stephen Curry honored God for his many blessings after becoming the first basketball player to be unanimously voted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
"I want to thank God, obviously for the health, for the talent he's given me, for my family who supports me, for the things that basketball's taught me on and off the court. For the people that I've been able to meet through the game of basketball," the 28-year-old said. "I've been blessed in that regard through and through. So I'm just thankful for this opportunity to play the game that I love and share that with the world."
"Guys have been thanking me all day and I don't really know what to say. It's a huge honor and something that I'll remember for the rest of my life. But it's just something that I'm out here playing the game and doing what I love to do and what I've been blessed to do and given the talent to do," he continued.
"You never know exactly how it's going to unfold. And you just have that faith and drive to have this and have that special attachment to be the first unanimous MVP Award winner — it's definitely special. So thank you guys for voting for me."
While Curry suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago in Houston, Texas, he came back strong with a record-breaking overtime performance in the Portland Trailblazers series. Being able to come back to break records and do what he loves is nothing short of a blessing for the Christian athlete.
"It makes me appreciate the game, because when I fell it could have been significantly worse. I feel blessed to have gotten the (indiscernible) after my MRI and being able to be back on the court as of yesterday," he said during a Q&A session after receiving his award, Comcast reported on Wednesday.
"So every single game I try not to take for granted because you never know what could happen. A wet spot on the floor kind of put a scare in myself, so you never know inside those lines what might happen."
Aside from his health, Curry also spoke about the blessing of his wife, Ayesha, and the couple's family and friends.
"I'm blessed to have such a tight-knit family that we can talk about anything. Whether we talk frequently or not since we're on separate ends of the country, there are a lot of moving parts and we always stay tight and find that center ground that keeps us together," he said. "It takes a village to raise two beautiful daughters, and with the pace of life that we have, you guys play a significant role in that. Knowing your faith and your view in life that will be passed on to my kids as well is definitely special, so thank you very much."
It was Curry's parents who helped shape his faith as a young boy many years ago, according to the Christian athlete, who said 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 previously 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."