Stephen Curry makes his whole family laugh, from left, sister Sydel Curry, wife Ayesha, daughter Riley, mother Sonya and Father Dell during his acceptance speech for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 4, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Stephen Curry isn’t the only member of his family to be going through a knee injury, but the one to his father, Dell Curry, is far more serious than a Grade 1 MCL sprain.
Dell Curry told 1065 The END he fell last month while getting out of the shower at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland as the Charlotte Hornets broadcaster was getting ready for the game against the Cavaliers, causing an injury worse than any he had during his entire playing career.
“I stepped out of the shower, leg slipped, there was water on the marble floor, my knee hit the doorknob,” Curry told the radio station last week. “I mean, perfect. I couldn’t do it again if I staged it. Shattered my patella tendon, tore the tendon.”
Curry said he tried to get up and fell back down before crawling to his phone and calling the Hornets’ team trainer and having to get into an ambulance.
“I knew something was wrong right away because of the pain I was feeling throughout my body,” Curry said. “Again, this is the most serious injury I’ve ever had. And then they told me three months. I didn’t believe them. I thought, ‘OK, I’m am ex-athlete. I’m in pretty good shape. I’ll cut that in half.’ No. Does not matter. It’s the knee, it’s the joint, it’s the patella, it’s the kneecap. The patella does everything in your leg. It’s the reason you can raise your leg, bend it. So you’ve got to take its time, let the tendon heal.”
Curry underwent surgery, forcing the 51-year-old to miss telecasts. He didn’t attend Tuesday’s Warriors playoff game to watch his son after the Hornets’ season had ended. Curry said he has a long way to go in his slow recovery process.
“I’ve got to keep my leg up,” Curry said. “I’m still unable to bend it at all. Big ol’ huge, heavy construction brace, so I’m kind of immobile. I’ve got to have my wife drive me to rehab and back, and it’s about all I can do. It’s a serious injury.”
Curry was feeling well enough to at least laugh about the injury.
“So I think the Cleveland Ritz, they got the wrong Curry,” Dell joked. “I think they thought my son was staying in (Room) 904 instead of me.”
“Not so much (a funny story) for me, but for my friends, my sons, my buddies, they’re going to have a lot of fun with this,” Curry added.