When we’re kids, most of us pick out a few heroes. There’s our favorite TV character. There’s probably a parent or teacher we look up to. And, for a lot of kids, there are professional athletes.
Whether you hit the batting cages and pretended you were Mark McGwire or tossed a football in the backyard dreaming you were Joe Namath, just about everyone dreamed of wearing their favorite team’s jersey and taking the field as their favorite player.
In 2017, the names have changed the idea is the same. Kids look up to Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw, LeBron James or Steph Curry. And while no young athlete will ever get to take the field or court as their favorite player, a few lucky ones got to do just that with their favorite player.
In between changing the NBA landscape by hitting shots from different area codes, Steph Curry took some time out of his busy schedule to hook up with GQ for a game of H-O-R-S-E with a bunch of high school hoops players. Of course, it’s Steph Curry, so to give the kids a flicker of hope, they extended the game to S-E-S-Q-U-I-P-E-D-A-L-I-A-N. Take a look:
So, no surprise here, the kids lost. Steph Curry is maybe the best shooter in NBA history, and that’s with a defender in his face. Give him some open looks at the hoop and no high schooler stands a snowball’s chance in hell. But that’s probably not what mattered to these kids.
For an hour or whatever, they got to shoot hoops with the NBA player most young kids probably aspire to be nowadays. Whenever some kid is playing on his hoop at home, taking Hail Mary shots from all the way across the driveway, you know exactly who he’s dreaming of being. So it’s pretty cool to see that, at least for a few kids, that dream became a reality.