Stephen Curry Made a Bet With His Mom to Reduce Turnovers

by November 28, 2014

Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry has solved what had become a nagging turnover problem — he’s dished out 60 assists during the current seven-game winning streak, while only coughing up the rock 15 times.

Curry had previously acknowledged the issue — sometimes, rather creatively — and is now incentivizing himself to hang on to the basketball through the fear of losing a bit of cash.

Steph and his mom Sonya have come up with a friendly, seemingly one-sided bet.

Per the San Jose Mercury News:

“Over two (in a game), I owe her some money,” Curry said smiling after having had two or less in the past three games. “And the Phoenix game (when Curry committed 10 turnovers), she racked up pretty heavily. So if I go below two, I get the money back. That’s my incentive, my motivation.”


“He’s always been a high-risk, high-reward player,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “The last couple weeks he’s become a low-risk, high-reward player. I mean, it’s incredible, really. Because when you have that much talent, and there are so many options for you out there, it’s hard to have no-turnover games. […] He’s really walked that line perfectly between attack and manage, and it’s been beautiful to watch.”


“Just trying to make the simple play, stay out of danger zones on the court and getting trapped,” Curry said. “It’s allowing our offense to dictate where the open spaces are, and then I don’t have to make home-run plays and try to thread the needle.”