Stephen Curry regrets having daughter on podium during 2015 playoffs
Stephen Curry in hindsight says he now regrets bringing along then-two-year-old daughter Riley along with him to postgame press conferences during the 2015 NBA playoffs.
Riley became an immediate sensation due to her appearances on Curry’s lap, and her presence on the podium continued throughout the Golden State Warriors’ run to the NBA title.
However, while Riley’s show-stopping moments during the pressers certainly were adorable, some prominent members of the media that covered the 2015 NBA postseason thought her presence was a distraction.
The entire situation inspired a debate whether or not it is appropriate for athletes to bring their children to press conferences. Curry, while not speaking directly to that particular notion, wishes he hadn’t brought Riley up on to the podium.
“I think even as parents, understanding how we’re going to raise kids not only in this crazy society we live in but one that we’re so visible [in], and people are kind of locked into every step we take, every word we say,” Curry said, via The Undefeated’s David Dennis, Jr. “One thing I do technically regret in terms of how fast this all came is when I brought Riley on the podium [during the 2015 NBA Finals].”
Curry admits he never imagined that bringing his daughter to press conferences would generate such fanfare and debate.
“I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene,” Curry said. “If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to … give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way … trying to give our kids the best chance to be successful and have a normal life in terms of treating people the right way, having respect, not getting too bigheaded and feeling like everything’s about them.”
Curry wasn’t the first, nor will he be the last, professional athlete to showcase their children in such a manner. Perhaps Curry opening up about how he views things now may inspire other pro-athlete parents to handle things differently in the future.