Curry hosts, wins 2; Klay and his team also honored

Stephen Curry was once again in the spotlight, but not on the court or the golf course. The Golden State Warriors star hosted ESPYS Wednesday on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Curry was also a two-time winner, winning the NBA’s Most Outstanding Player and Best All-Time Performance ESPYs. He was also nominated for Best Athlete, Men’s Sports, but that award went to Shohei Ohtani of the Angels.

The Warriors, who last month won their fourth NBA title in eight years, were named top team and Curry’s teammate Klay Thompson took home the top returning athlete award, taking Golden State’s ESPYS number to four. .

The night in review:

Impossible to be the little king without an emblematic send-off. Curry shuts down the ESPYS with his “night-night” taunt.

The 2022 NBA champions walked away with the best ESPY team. Onstage, Andre Iguodala apologized for fining team owner Joe Lacob $500,000 for his comments on Iguodala’s “Point Forward” podcast.

Thompson missed nearly two years after tearing his ACL in the 2019 NBA Fianls and then his Achilles in November 2020. In his first season with the Warriors, he averaged 20.4 points in 32 regular season games and helped Golden State beat Boston in six games. finally. It’s a comeback story that Trey Mancini, Diamond DeShields and Joe Burrow couldn’t beat.

In his acceptance speech, Thompson thanked the family of the late Kobe Bryant and fondly recalled watching Bryant perform while growing up in Southern California.

Wearing a Brittney Griner jersey, Curry announced the WNBA as the Sports Humanitarian League of the Year. Curry, Nneka Ogwumike – a Stanford alum – and Skylar Diggins-Smith all spoke in honor of Griner, urging the public and all who watched to continue to draw attention to Griner’s imprisonment in Russia and to fight for his release.

“We can’t stop fighting for her,” Curry said. “We can’t stop believing for her. And we won’t stop hoping for the day when we can safely welcome him home.

Winner of best play for her corner against Australia in the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, Redding native Megan Rapinoe also used her time on stage to acknowledge Griner’s absence.

On December 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Curry passed Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time 3-point leader. It only took him 789 games to sink 2,974 lines. For this feat, Curry won the ESPY Award for Best Record Performance. Even though he was the host, he was not allowed to present the award to himself.

Eileen Gu won three Olympic medals competing for China at the Winter Olympics in February, even though she was born and raised in San Francisco. Famous throughout China for her modeling career and numerous endorsements, Gu was embroiled in controversy in the United States for competing for her mother’s native country. She won the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete.

Wearing a lime green suit, Curry tore up the Celtics and their fans. He also mocked Boston forward Grant Williams sitting in the audience, telling Williams he could borrow the suit after the show and maybe even a championship ring.

The curry arrived hot on stage, ready to roast. LeBron James – the first NBA athlete to host the awards show – was first on the chopping block.

The Curry family showed up on the red carpet outfitted. They all rocked the same neutral color palette for the cameras.

Kikue Higuchi (she/she) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]; Twitter: @kychiguchi

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