With the NBA Finals starting tonight, ESPN has published an in-depth feature on "Joy and secret rage: How Steph Curry ignites the Warriors."
The story explores the role of fun and joy in the success of the Golden State Warriors star and his team.
Those familiar with Curry's Christian background might be curious if the F-word makes an appearance in this thought-provoking piece.
Nope, it doesn't — if you were thinking of the word "faith."
But interestingly enough, another F-word is used — even out of the mouth of Curry — in this story. More on that in a moment.
First, though, let's consider a key section of the feature that sets the scene early:
As Steve Kerr is to Stephen Curry, so is Curry to Kerr. It was a revelation that came early in Kerr's first season as Warriors coach. And so mere months into his tenure in Oakland, Kerr decided the dream culture he desired would embody the star player at the very center of it. They would strive to make one of Curry's defining traits their cornerstone. It would be a constant, felt in the practice facility (where music thumps) and film sessions (where jokes fly) and far beyond. It would be one of the few qualities that, in the age of analytics, remained difficult to tally: happiness.
Might Curry's faith have something to do with that?