By:  Sherwood Strauss was invited to an event on Thursday which had Stephen Curry demoing Ubisoft’s new Wii video game Red Steel 2.  We caught up with Curry during the event for an interview, check it out. Are you a big gamer, in general? I know Tim Duncan has got a little bit of a rep for that…

SC: I’m a pretty big gamer, I play a lot of sports games, I’m also like that Call of Duty, So a lot games I play, and it’s just kind of my road activity. We have some pretty competitive guys on the team. So, who’s the best gamer?

SC: Probably Ronny Turiaf, he’s probably the best. Does he do crazy victory dances?

SC: Yea, he’s just real animated, he talks a lot of trash too, so, it’s hard to keep him down because he plays a lot. Seems like one of those guys who would play Madden standing up.

SC: (Laughs at my lame joke) I don’t have the same room with him, but I’m pretty sure he would. Speaking of hobbies, I’m interested, that you’re a golf addict.  It seems that you write a lot about it in the GQ Magazine blog, and I’m wondering: Do you think that helps you, do you think that helps your basketball game at all? Is there some crossover there?

SC: It just gives me an outlet, after, during the course of the season, you kinda get swamped with basketball and all that stuff. There’s a lot of pressure involved with that so, it’s just something that I go out and have fun, and kind of a mental release, a little break, I have a lot of fun with it too, over the Summer it gets real competitive, with me and my dad, and guys I played with so, it also becomes like my second sport, competetive wise so… That makes sense, maybe this is a little off topic, but will you be rooting for Tiger first week of April for the Masters?

SC: I will be. Off the course, issues he’s dealing with, but on the course, he’s still one of the best, and I think, he won’t miss a beat. Once the Master’s comes around, once he gets in front of the fans, they react how they’re going to react, and he deals with it, he’ll be fine. So I’ll definitely be watching, And, sort of related to that, Tiger has a name that a lot of people don’t know of, his first name’s Eldrick. Your first name is Wardell if I’m not mistaken. Why don’t you go by it?

SC: My parents just never called me—I went by Stephen from what I can remember. I’m actually a Jr., my Dad is named Wardell too, so he took off the “War” part of it and just went by Dell so it’s just our family name, and I go by Stephen so that’s turned into “Steven,” “Steph,” all sorts of names, all my close friends call me Wardell, not many people know that (laughs), they kind of joke around, call me “Wardell.” So I’ve been reading the GQ blog, and I think that interest—well not many athletes are writers or have a blog like that. And I think a theme in there is the transition from being a kid to having a profession—how it’s bittersweet. Would you agree with that?

SC: No doubt. It was something I always wanted to do. But especially coming from college it was so much fun, all the memories I had being at Davidson, knowing that the class I came in with my freshman year is still on campus, and still has school. That kind of makes it a little more bittersweet than it probably would be normally so, when I went back to Charlotte for the first time to play, that kind of put it all into perspective, of how much I miss being at home and miss being a college student, but I’m definitely happy with that situation and I wouldn’t change it if I had the opportunity to. I thought it was interesting how you were pointing out that your family was in the fan section, you greeted them like fans and how that was different, how it was surreal.

SC: There was 150 people that I personally knew that came to the game. That was just weird. Because that was the best way to say ‘hi’ to everyone. It kind of took the emotion out of it—like going down a conveyor belt kind of thing: ‘Ya, how you doin, thanks for coming.’ It was kind of weird, but family came back to the house and stuff… I just thought it was a cool observation and I’m wondering: Would you ever write a book about playing in the NBA?

SC: I have a lot of things from my Dad’s career, that I watched when I was growing up, and how I see it as a player myself. So there are some differences that I noticed and definitely would think about. I have a lot of ideas especially in the GQ blog. Some day I can go back and look on my rookie season.

Part 2 of the interview drops next week.

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