If you haven’t heard of Riley Curry yet, you either a.) aren’t a basketball fan or b.) don’t go on Twitter. Riley’s dad is the current star of the NBA finals, Stephen Curry of the Golden St. Warriors. Riley, at a mere two-years-old, made her debut a few weeks ago after Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals during the post-game press conference.
Post-game press conferences have become a staple for most NBA games, allowing journalists to recap the game with players and coaches before their publication deadline.
After Riley’s first appearance, some media were up in arms about Riley being a distraction, or challenging the integrity of the news conference. I couldn’t disagree more.
As Jason Gay presents in this article from the Wall Street Journal, being a parent of a two-year-old is part of life. Most parents of toddlers have become well-adjusted to handling multiple tasks at once.
Not only do I not think Riley’s appearance is a distraction, but I think she brings a little bit of humanity and life to the table. Post-game press conferences have become monotonously the same. An athlete goes to the podium, journalists ask about his performance, they get the quotes they need, and it’s over. What most people forget is that these athletes have lives off the court. Stephen could play the game of his life as the star of the NBA, but at night, he still has to be daddy, reading bed-time stories and changing diapers. That’s where the story is.
I hope to see much more of little ones like Riley Curry at the press conference table so we can find out the real stories behind these athletes, not just how they play their sport.