Marcus Thompson’s new book is now available at the Oaklandish downtown and Dimond shops!
When it comes to Stephen Curry, point guard for the Golden State Warriors, reigning NBA MVP, and pop culture phenomenon, basketball fans and journalists have to invent new ways to say “wow.” GOLDEN is the first book to provide an all-access look at Curry and the team that has fueled Dub Nation—by longtime Warriors beat reporter and Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson II, the go-to expert on all things Golden State.
In ‘GOLDEN,‘ Thompson reveals the complete story behind how a 6’3” underdog, once labeled too small, too short, and too fragile for LeBron’s big man league, ended up redefining the entire sport—winning a championship and smashing records along the way.
As a result of Thompson’s unique vantage point of reporting on Curry daily, he is able to share the real story behind the public perception. In the span of a few years, Curry went from the trendy watch for those in the know, to champion, to—in the opinion of many fans and fellow players—overexposed, overrated flash in the pan whose fall from glory in the 2016 Finals was celebrated. Thompson unravels the complicated underpinnings of the Steph Curry hate with a nuanced analysis of how class and complexion come into play when a child with an NBA pedigree becomes the face of a sport traditionally honed on inner-city black top and dominated by the less privileged.
Curry has been attacking these negative opinions for years. And now, at the height of his career, they are still there. While some professional athletes are vilified for oversized egos, he has been derided for the opposite—playing a key role in recruiting and welcoming Kevin Durant to the Warriors, sacrificing a share of the spotlight in the pursuit of more championships. Fortunately for fans, Curry is driven to respond to doubt with dominance and slights with something sensational.
A lifelong Warriors fan turned insider who has been reporting on the team for twelve seasons, Marcus Thompson is uniquely qualified to tell the definitive story of a singular talent, pulling back the curtain on the crazy work ethic and on-court intensity that make Curry great—and the emphasis on family and faith that keeps him grounded.
With unprecedented access, Thompson draws from exclusive interviews with Steph Curry, his family, his teammates, Coach Steve Kerr, and the Warriors owners to bring readers inside the locker room and court side with this remarkable athlete and man.
Thompson breaks down why the two-time All-Star’s famous pre-game warm-up is as meticulous as it is crowd-pleasing, explains why Curry is so lethal from the 3-point line (not to mention well beyond it), and illustrates how the Warriors’ “Death Lineup” has been able to speed up the game and spread out the floor to maximize Curry’s output and push the once-beleaguered Bay Area franchise to heights no one ever imagined.
Combining the competitive grit and fun-loving spirit of his mother with the mild demeanor, easy charm, and sharp shooting of his father (former NBA player Dell Curry), Curry derives support and strength from his close-knit kin—including celebrity chef wife Ayesha and their adorable young daughters—and their shared commitment to Christianity.
This hard-working, wholesome image is both a blessing and curse. Curry’s style of play is addictively watchable and intriguing to everyone from basketball junkies to people who don’t know the first thing about the sport. Plus, his regular size lets kids relate to him in a way they cannot with most other megastars of monstrous proportions. Such appeal has netted him league-leading jersey sales, massive sponsorship deals, and near-universal name recognition. Yet, the adoration, idolization, and commercial success have given rise to skeptics and naysayers just waiting for a misstep. Now, with Kevin Durant sidelined and the Warriors struggling to find a new rhythm down the stretch, will Curry’s ultra-competitive “baby-faced assassin” alter-ego rise to the challenge?
All this and more, in ‘GOLDEN.’
Come buy a book, meet the author, and get your book signed at our ‘GOLDEN’ book event this Tuesday, April 18th from 5-7pm at the Oaklandish downtown shop. Details.