Steph Curry is one of the greatest athletes in the world. He completely changed the game of basketball with his amazing shot. He also has a shot at winning his fourth championship ring on Thursday night.
Curry is an Under Armor athlete, and while his contract hasn’t been revealed yet, it’s likely to be in the hundreds of millions. Nike, however, had a chance to sign Curry in 2013, but the sportswear powerhouse completely botched their presentation.
At the time, Nike was by far the most famous basketball shoe brand, accounting for 95% of the market share. Unfortunately, their presentation to the sniper was a complete failure.
Dell Curry, Steph’s father, attended the presentation, which apparently began with a Nike official addressing Curry as “Steph-On”. Dell wasn’t surprised that someone mispronounced his son’s name, but he had another problem with that.
“I’ve heard some people mispronounce his name before,” Dell Curry said. “I wasn’t surprised. I was surprised that I didn’t get a correction.”
Things got even worse from there, as Nike kept Kevin Durant’s name on a PowerPoint slide, likely by accident. That’s when Dell stopped paying attention.
Nike never made it clear that Curry would become their star athlete. Additionally, Dell thought his son would have been in the second tier, behind top tier athletes like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
When this story surfaced on Reddit, many NBA fans trolled Nike.
Many fans commented that Nike got Curry’s name wrong, which was really unusual.
Some Redditors have talked about the power of brands like Nike, but some people who work for them aren’t that good.
One user even came up with an interesting campaign for Under Armor that would poke fun at Nike’s failure to sign Curry.
Some fans have talked about how important Curry is to Under Armour. He made the brand extremely popular, so Nike would probably have benefited greatly from him.
There are also fans who think his shoes would have been much better had he become Nike’s signature athlete.
Steph Curry will most likely stay with Under Armor
Under Armor has extended Curry’s contract until 2024. Although the value of the contract has not been made public, there are rumors that the superstar has a stake in the company.
Forbes ranked Steph Curry the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world in 2022. The Golden State Warriors guard earned $47 million off the court, and much of that likely came from Under Armour.
By the time his contract with Under Armor expires, Curry will be 36 and likely in the final years of his career. While he probably won’t post incredible numbers in two years, his insane shooting skills could help him stay in the league for a long time.
After all, the eight-time All-Star will likely win his fourth championship ring this year. He will need just two more to equal Michael Jordan, the greatest player of all time.