Stephen Curry will make NBA history when he faces younger brother Seth in Western Conference finals… and parents will FLIP A COIN before games to decide which son they support
- Stephen Curry is ready to face younger brother Seth Curry in the NBA playoffs
- It is history as it is the first time siblings meet in the Western Conference finals
- Their parents, Dell and Sonya, will flip a coin to decide which son they support
- One wears the Portland Trail Blazers jersey and the other Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry boasts a $200million contract with the Golden State Warriors, has been a mainstay with the franchise since being drafted in 2010 and knows exactly how to win an NBA championship.
But there is one thing he has never come up against when trying to win the NBA Finals: his brother Seth.
Steph and Seth Curry, considered to be among the finest three-point shooters in the NBA, will make history when they go head-to-head in the Western Conference finals as Golden State take on the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stephen Curry (left) will make history by facing brother Seth (right) when Golden State Warriors take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Western Conference finals on Tuesday
The pair are particularly close and it will prove both a thrilling and exhausting occasion for the family. Having both sons in a conference final is a dilemma most parents in the US would love to have.
Dell Curry and his wife, Sonya, decided wearing a half-and-half jersey with the Warriors and Blazers would be ‘too easy’ and so settled on a different solution ahead of the imminent best-of-seven series.
Instead, they will flip a coin before each game in the series to determine which team (and son) each of them will represent on that particular night.
‘I just know watching Seth play I get nervous watching him like on TV and stuff,’ Steph said after Warriors’ practice on Monday. ‘For them, it’s family and parents who supported us all the way through the ranks.’
The parents’ routine will play out as follows: If mum Sonya flips heads, she will wear Blazers gear to support 28-year-old Seth, while Dell wears Stephen’s Warriors colors. If the coin lands on tails, she will dress in Warriors gear while Dell dons Blazers attire. The next game Dell gets to flip the coin, and so on until the series is ultimately decided.
So, many fans were keen to know, who gets to flip the coin for Game 1 at Golden State?
‘Well, we have to flip to see who flips first,’ Dell joked after Seth’s Trail Blazers sealed a thrilling Game 7 away to Denver Nuggets in the semi-finals. ‘There’s going to be a lot of coin flipping going on.’
The brothers met earlier in the season and decided to seal the moment with a jersey swap
Steph Curry has won multiple championships and is considered one of the finest shooters ever
As well as the continuous coin flipping, the Curry family face an extensive travel schedule to be in attendance for every game.
Dell and Sonya plan to attend every game, sitting with Stephen’s wife Ayesha at Warriors home games and with Seth’s fiancée Callie Rogers when the Blazers host.
‘They’re like the Royal Family of the NBA,’ Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Monday.
‘It’s incredible. There they are, Steph and Seth, both having all this success. As parents, they must be having the time of their lives. Actually I know they are because I’ve talked to them about it. What a beautiful scene. I’m sure it will be conflicting for them this next couple of weeks but what a great story.’
Dell, who played 16 seasons in the NBA and is currently a TV analyst for the Charlotte Hornets, admitted that the entire situation is just a bit unnerving for him.
‘I normally don’t get nervous for games when either one of them play,’ he said. ‘But I got a little nervous knowing how they’re going to play against each other.’
As hard as this will be on the parents, Dell knows it will be even more difficult for his two sons.
‘It’s going to be tough to put everything aside and battle each other because as siblings they want each other to do well,’ Dell said. ‘They watch each other’s games and cheer for each other.’
The siblings’ dad Dell Curry, who played in NBA, revealed a coin flip will decide who he backs
He and wife Sonya (pictured, centre) will flip a coin to decide which parent supports which son
Earlier this year, the Curry brothers competed against each other in the three-point shootout at the All-Star Game in their hometown of Charlotte, with 31-year-old Steph getting the best of his younger brother.
Stood in the locker room, moments after a thrilling win against the Nuggets, Seth could not stop smiling at the prospect of facing his brother in the playoffs.
‘So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference final, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that final. It’s a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well.’
Steph Curry has been to the NBA Finals four times, winning three championships with the Warriors. This is his brother’s first playoff run and the family are under no illusions how big a moment this would be for the younger brother.
‘It would be great for Seth to get a (championship) ring, but we can’t root for one son over the other,’ 54-year-old Dell Curry said. ‘We’re just going to let it play out and have fun watching them both play.’
For Seth Curry, the journey has been far from smooth when it is contrasted to the rise and rise of his older brother.
Plying his trade in the NBA’s development league, the 28-year-old continued to be released and after a couple of seasons, had barely played one full match in the NBA. Success continued to arrive for Steph but the patience of his brother paid off and that is not lost on the Warriors star.
Seth Curry has had a tough journey to this moment but is a real danger as a three-point shooter
‘He’s had a very interesting journey to get to where he’s at, dealing with some significant injuries and surgeries as well where he missed two entire years basically coming out of college and this past year,’ Steph said.
‘For him to just grind and understand that he belongs on this level, it’s just we’re going to take a different path. His confidence in himself never wavered.’
The Curry family have been jetting around the country for the last month on commercial flights, back and forth between Oakland, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston to see both their sons play.
They’ve attended 21 of their sons’ combined 24 playoff games, only missing two Blazers’ first-round games in Oklahoma City and one second-round game in Denver.
Sometimes, Dell and Sonya wake up in a hotel unsure of what city they’re in.
‘Everybody says to us, “You guys have to be tired,”‘ Dell said. ‘I’m like, “Well, we’ll probably sleep for a week when it’s over.”‘
The brothers are close off the court and dad Dell feels it will be hard playing against each other
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