Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry: Basketball Icons and Role Models
What first comes to mind when we talk about Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry? Yes, basketball. Michael Jordan or MJ is an NBA professional basketball player for Chicago Bulls from 1984-2003. Because of his success and the various achievements that he gained during his basketball career, he was officially awarded the greatest basketball player of the time. Stephen Curry is an NBA professional basketball player. He plays for the Golden State Warriors since 2009 until now. Stephen Curry is believed to be the pioneer of a new era for shooters in the NBA. He also inspired many teams to change how they played by using a three-point as a winning strategy. Thanks to his diligence and practice in doing three-point shots, many analysts and players call him “The Greatest Shooter in NBA history.’ Both MJ and Steph Curry have some differences and similarities in their way to become the faces of successful NBA basketball players who have a good impact and inspire many people. Also, in this essay, we will talk about their background lives, careers, and achievements, and not only that but how they contribute to help the society through charity.
Brooklyn, New York, is the place that Michael Jordan was born. Michael Jordan wasn’t born from a family related to sports. He grew up with his parents and family. Since childhood, he already has had a passion for a win in every competition. However, Stephen Curry sports already lives all over his family tree. Both his parents were big athletes. His mother is a former volley athlete in college and his father is a former basketball player. Steph Curry grew up in North Carolina with his parents and his family.
Both basketball careers started at their college. Michael Jordan’s basketball career starts from he became a member of his school’s basketball team when he enrolled at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 1981. In 1982, he brings the team won the NCAA championships. While Steph Curry starts his basketball career at Davidson College showing his capability by scoring 32 points when playing against the University of Michigan. In 1984, the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan, and that was his first professional basketball career began. He also received the NBA Rookie of the Year title award and was selected for the player of All-Star Game. In the 1986-1987 season, he was breaking a new record to score over 3,000 points in a single season. He brings Chicago Bulls to win six-time NBA champion in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998 and get those 6-time Finals MVP at the same time. Also, his best achievement is the Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998. Just like MJ, Steph Curry was selected by Golden State Warriors in NBA draft 2009. As a point guard, Stephen Curry proved the capabilities of his shooting and ball handling. The achievement he gets with Golden State Warriors is a three-time NBA champion in 2015, 2017, and 2018 and two times MVP, in 2015 and 2016 by a unanimous vote in NBA history.
Besides their successful career at basketball, both Michael Jordan and Steph Curry also have contributed to the society through charity and foundation they made. Michael Jordan is involved with a variety of charities, in totals, Michael Jordan has supported 15 charities and foundations until now. Similar to Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry also has supported charities including ARF, United Nations Foundation, and Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation that he set up with his wife Ayesha Curry.
In conclusion, both Michael Jordan and Steph Curry have differences and similarities in their way to become a successful NBA basketball player and getting all of that achievement. Both of them also have their role as humanity to contributed and help society through charities and foundations. Both have changed assumption people of basketball, like Michael Jordan he becomes the “greatest player” until now, and Stephen Curry makes a new era of three-point gameplay that can be a winning strategy.
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