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Dell Curry enjoying Steph's success

BROOKLYN -- It was just a drive to the hoop we've grown accustomed to seeing, but the man who has observed Stephen Curry more than anyone on the planet couldn't help but shake his head.

After being honored earlier in the week when the Golden State Warriors visited Charlotte, Hornets color commentator Dell Curry spent Sunday in a suite at the Barclays Center watching his son defeat the Brooklyn Nets and extend Golden State's record winning streak to 22 games to start the season.

"I'm just wowed just like all the other fans here," Curry said. "It's overwhelming. I can't believe some of the stuff I've seen."

Curry was particularly struck by the crowd. He has seen his son play in Golden State, where the cheers were obvious -- just like when he grew up in Charlotte. But Sunday night showed Dell exactly how much of a star Stephen Curry has become.

"The noise when his name was called," Dell said. "The jerseys in the crowd."

Five years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find one Warriors jersey being worn in New York City. Now it's a common sight thanks to No. 30.

As the Nets went up by five with 6 minutes, 58 seconds to go in the third quarter, it was clear the crowd didn't come here to see the streak end. They came to see the Warriors win and Curry give them a thrill.

Even Steph noticed the strange crowd dynamic on the road.

"It seemed like the crowd was almost 50-50 tonight," Curry said.

For Dell, so many parts of the journey make the success even sweeter.

Just months after retiring from the NBA in 2002 as the Hornets' all-time leader in points, Dell lost to a 14-year-old Steph in a game of one-on-one in the backyard.

"I wasn't a one-on-one type of guy," Dell says 13 years later. "Once he was strong enough, he could dribble away from me and make a shot."

Always a competitor, losing to his son didn't feel good. But soon his rational brain prevailed.

"It felt horrible," Dell said. "I was pissed. But I never asked him to do it again because I wasn't sure I could ever beat him."

A lot has happened since for Steph, who only remembers the end of that matchup.

"I don't remember the specifics of the game itself, but my celebration was over the top," Steph said after he scored 28 points in the Warriors win over Brooklyn. "The only time we played after that were games of H-O-R-S-E."

Still, when it came to being recruited, Steph couldn't even get a spot on a Virginia Tech squad that once starred his father. Steph was viewed as too skinny coming out of high school, but in many ways, Steph's body type is integral to what makes him appealing to fans today.

"When he was recruited and chose Davidson, my wife was telling [head coach] Bob McKillop, 'We'll fatten him up for you and put on weight,'" Dell recalled. "He would eat all day long and not gain any weight. Got that metabolism from his mom."

Steph has reached such great heights that Dell's NBA career has been understated. Earlier this season, when the Hornets went to China, Dell said he was referred to as "Curry Father."

Seeing his son do what he is doing certainly puts a smile on Dell's face, though, and he's equally as proud to see how Steph has handled success.

"Even though I played in the NBA, we tried to give our kids as normal a life as possible," Dell said. "We gave them everything they needed, not everything they wanted and they had to work for what they wanted. I think that mentality helped.

"He has that killer instinct on the court, that sense of cockiness, and then he turns it off after the game. That's a rare individual."