Sometimes as a challenge, other times as encouragement, but both with the intended outcome of people displaying, performing, and leaving their best on the floor for all to see.
It’s a sentiment that rings especially true in difficult situations, when things go bad or not as planned, what are we made of? How will we adapt?
It’s a question — on a much smaller scale — that a point guard running down the hardwood constantly evaluates. They have to assess and determine what the best play is, who is best to deliver and they have to be prepared to switch their tactics on the fly to find success.
Sometimes that success doesn’t come directly from them hitting a shot, but by passing the rock to the player that’s the best option.
Arguably, no one does this better than 3-time NBA champion and point guard for Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry — and he’s done it again, except this time it’s off the court.
Last Thursday, Curry assessed the landscape of sports and what’s going on in the world, and made possibly the most meaningful pass of his career when he handed the hypothetical rock to a player with veteran experience. Enter Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has become a central health official in the United State’s response to the coronavirus outbreak — he also gained some social media notoriety for snubbing Trump. We like Dr. Fauci.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a cloud of darkness and uncertainty to the world, it has also shown us an ever-growing number of unlikely heroes. Curry took to his Instagram and Twitter, which have 44 million followers combined — to put in perspective that’s more than all of Canada — to host a live Q&A with Dr. Fauci.
“That’s really one of the reasons I wanted to have this Q&A,” Curry said on the live. “Hopefully reach a different demographic or people that, you know, are interested in the facts of what’s going on. Because you see all the different visuals of people at the beach, at parks, like in crazy public gatherings and not really adhering to that social distancing kind of concept,” Curry went on to say.
It’s the images we’ve all seen circulating online: people continuing to gather in public spaces, not erring on the side of caution. As one of the best in the league, Curry’s audience is a mixed bag when it comes to Generation X, Y, Z and any of the other letters we’ve forgotten, making it the ideal ear for the cause.
The NBA and players in other leagues have also lent their voice by way of video PSA’s on how to social distance and what precautions we should take. Celebrities have taken part — some better than others (Gal Gadot, we’re looking at you.) But what makes Curry’s efforts here unique, just like so many times on the floor, was his ability to see an opening, assist and offer his platform for Dr. Fauci to drop the knowledge that was needed.
“What you need is to see the trajectory of the curve start to come down,” said Fauci in his closing thoughts, explaining what metrics they’re looking at to determine when games and public gatherings for the masses may be safe again.
While it doesn’t look like basketball is coming back anytime soon, and let’s be honest, the Warriors were on a bumpy path in the regular season anyways, it’s good to see Curry back on top — even if it’s off the court.