GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II


The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
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A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him.

Steph Curry is a bona fide superstar. The point guard for the Golden State Warriors has won two MVP awards and has led his team to consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning in 2015 and losing in a heartbreaking seven-game series to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He is also largely responsible for the resurrection of the Warriors, who languished near the bottom of the league for years. “Worse than being bad, worse than being onto something and blowing it on the biggest stage, the Warriors were irrelevant,” writes Bay Area News Group sports columnist Thompson. Now, the Warriors are once again at the top of the Western Conference this season, and there is a case to be made that Curry is the greatest three-point shooter in league history. Furthermore, he is charismatic and compelling, with a beautiful family and a great back story: the son of a former NBA star who attended a midmajor school, Davidson, far more well known for academics than for athletics. By all accounts, he is a genuinely good guy. So this book, about one of the NBA’s biggest and most marketable stars, is not surprising. However, this treatment of an athlete with many years to go before retirement feels opportunistic. To be sure, the author is a fine journalist with sound insight into the NBA and especially Curry and the Warriors, a team he has covered for many years, but the book is so laden with praise that at times it reads like an extended press release.

Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry’s career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography.

Pub Date: April 11th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5011-4783-8
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2017


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