Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors already is having a season – and a career – for the ages.
But suddenly, he is even better, and people are wondering if the point guard’s game got a boost from a tiny cancer-stricken basketball fan from Niagara Falls.
Since meeting 5-year-old “Baby Shawn” Kennedy last Wednesday and sliding the tot’s fundraising bracelet onto his wrist, Curry has been almost unstoppable. He scored 42 points in that night’s game against Miami, 51 points the next day against Orlando and 46 points Saturday against Oklahoma City, a game in which he broke his own season record for three-point shots and hit a graceful shot from around half-court that won the game in overtime.
“I think that’s something for a kid from Niagara Falls to have the best basketball player in the world wearing his bracelet,” said Mike Esposito, a basketball coach and family friend who arranged for Shawn, his brother Mykhi Brown, 12, and their mother, Nicole Vathy, to meet Curry in Miami last week.
And could Shawn be returning the favor with some extra luck?
“You never know. I think so,” said Esposito.
When the family met Curry before the Miami game, they gave him – and every member of the team – two silicone bracelets that say “Bravest Baller Baby Shawn,” which come in two colors, tan with yellow letters and brown and green. Although Esposito did not see Curry put the bracelet on, Shawn’s brother noticed after the game that Curry was wearing the tan one with yellow letters.
Since then, the bracelet has been clearly visible on Curry’s wrist in photos and in videos that will make plenty of ESPN “SportsCenter” Top 10 reels.
Vathy said she noticed that Curry was wearing the bracelet when she watched highlights of the Oklahoma City game. “I said, ‘That’s Shawn’s bracelet!’ ” she said. Then she examined photos from the previous games to verify that he was wearing it then, too.
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SOURCE: The Buffalo News