As Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry get set to become the first pair of brothers to play against each other in the NBA conference finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr summed up how many in the league are feeling as they wait for the Curry family showdown to begin with Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.
“The Currys are unbelievable,” Kerr said after Monday’s practice. “They have been flying all over the place, seeing both kids play in the NBA playoffs and then seeing them play against each other. They are like the royal family of the NBA. It’s incredible.
Steph and Seth having all this success. As parents [Dell and Sonya], 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, these next couple weeks. What a great story.”
It’s an experience that both Steph and Seth are enjoying, especially as they think about how much fun their parents, Dell and Sonya, are going to have the next few weeks.
“For them, it’s family,” Steph said. “And parents who support us all the way through the ranks. Now, to be in a situation like this, where it’s technically a win-win for them, they’re going to the Finals regardless. But it’s kind of crazy to think we’re on this stage and get to play in front of our family, and just the happiness and joy that comes from that is crazy.”
That joy is something Steph’s teammates and coaches with the Warriors are sharing with the family after getting to know the Currys well the past 10 years.
“Oh, it’s awesome,” Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said. “I’m happy for them. I feel like I’m a part of it. Just knowing Seth and Steph for a decade-plus. It’s a split household — I don’t know who they’ll root for — but it’s a win-win situation for them. It’s pretty incredible.”
Seth echoed those sentiments after the Blazers’ Game 7 victory over the Denver Nuggets to set up the matchup with his older brother.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun, man,” Seth said after Game 7 on Sunday. “Hard to believe right now. So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference finals, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd. So it’s gonna be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that Finals. So, I mean, it’s a dream come true for us too. But obviously, our families are going to have a lot of fun with it as well.”
One of those family members is Warriors guard Damion Lee, who is Steph and Seth’s brother-in-law. Lee, who is married to Steph and Seth’s sister, Sydel, isn’t on the Warriors’ active postseason roster, but he saw some time with the team during the regular season.
“It will be cool,” Lee said. “Just the environment in itself, being in the Western Conference finals and then, of course, having two brothers in Steph and Seth that grew up in the same household together and them being on one of the biggest stages — in the NBA playoffs.”
Steph said there won’t be a bet between the brothers in this series like there was when the pair competed in the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend in the Currys’ hometown of Charlotte.
“Nah, it’s just winner takes the Western Conference championship,” Stephen said. “And gets to represent their team in the Finals. Don’t need any extra novelty bet for this one. Stakes are already high enough.”
The good news for Dell and Sonya Curry is that no matter who wins this series, they can’t lose.