Steph Curry just keeps racking up the off-court kismet. Now we’re drifting precariously close to a full-on overload of Steph sweetness, we’re so saturated with his kindness. This next example begins in 1992, when Steph’s dad, Dell, was competing in the three-point contest against the late, great Drazen Petrovic.
While Dell was busy misfiring during his turn in the first round, he only hit 11 three-pointers in the appearance, Drazen’s mom, Biserka Petrovic, took care of the three-year-old Steph (he turned four the next month). Curry remembered the moment, and promised her a game-worn Finals jersey back in June.
As the above picture — via reddit — confirms, Curry made good on that promise and it now hangs in the Petrovic Museum.
Less than two years after the picture of Drazen, Dell and Steph at the 3-Point Contest was taken, Petrovic died in a car crash. A 30 for 30 documentary — Once Brothers, about his complicated relationship with fellow Yugoslavian player, Vlade Divac — was made, which you can watch in the video below.
Petrovic’s No. 3 jersey was retired by the Brooklyn Nets and he’s a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2013, his peers voted him as the best European basketball player in history.
For Stephen Curry, Drazen was the man with the kind mom who crushed his dad in the 3-Point Shootout before he was old enough for kindergarten. But Steph doesn’t forget gestures like the one Petrovic’s mom extended him in that moment.