This isn’t something new. Momma Curry has been fining Steph for a few years, but it’s good to know she’s still holding her son accountable.
“It’s a verbal contract,” Sonya Curry said Monday. “Steph likes a challenge.”
Sonya came up with the idea of fining her son a few seasons ago, frustrated at watching him lose the ball too many times in one game. She checked with her husband, former NBA guard Dell, on what would be a reasonable number of turnovers to hold Stephen to per game; they settled on three. Anything more than that, he owes his mother: $100 per giveaway. Anything under is subtracted from his total.
At the end of the season, Curry doesn’t write his mother a check; she just lets him know — usually through his wife, Ayesha — what fashion items she has had her eye on.
“It keeps me on the edge every game,” he said. “I know she’s going to text me or have some witty one-liner about what she’s going to buy with all of my gifts.”
He’s not kidding. He thinks about it in game, like Friday when he had six turnovers against Oklahoma City, owing his mother about one Manolo Blahnik. Not one pair, one shoe.
I love this and it must be working, because Steph turns the ball over an average of only 14.7 percent of his possessions.