Uproxx- The pitch meeting, according to Steph’s father Dell, who was present, kicked off with one Nike official accidentally addressing Stephen as “Steph-on,” the moniker, of course, of Steve Urkel’s alter ego in Family Matters. “I heard some people pronounce his name wrong before,” says Dell Curry. “I wasn’t surprised. I was surprised that I didn’t get a correction.”
It got worse from there. A PowerPoint slide featured Kevin Durant‘s name, presumably left on by accident, presumably residue from repurposed materials. “I stopped paying attention after that,” Dell says. Though Dell resolved to “keep a poker face,” throughout the entirety of the pitch, the decision to leave Nike was in the works.
Hey, you can poke fun at Nike all you want. I know they aren't hurting for business. Probably have a few regrets about how this meeting went down, but the funny thing about hindsight is that it's always 20/20. This pitch took place three years ago. Three years ago Steph Curry was an above average player in the NBA. He wasn't yet the best shooter of all time. He wasn't putting up one of the best statistical seasons in NBA history. He was a pretty good player. You know what pretty good players get? Recycled PowerPoints. Basically what I am saying is that Steph Curry would have been a decent get for Nike. He wouldn't have been a great get. They wouldn't have been poppin' bottles over him wearing their shoes. When Steph Curry walked out those doors and signed with Under Armour they probably shrugged their shoulders and gave the same exact presentation to DeAndre Jordan five minutes later.
Should they have known how to pronounce him name? Yeah, probably. Seems a tad bit disrespectful. However, let's not sit here and act like Stephen isn't a weird name for a dude. Like, weird enough that even if you were 75% sure it's pronounced that way you still go with 'Steph-on' out of fear of offending him. The fact that we've been addressing the best player in the NBA the same way as the middle child from 'Full House' has been swept under the rug pretty casually. Not that I have a problem with it, but it's certainly a bit unorthodox. I'll tell you this, if Steph Curry was dropping 30 foot three pointers with regularity in 2012-2013 his name could have been Snufalufagus and they would had that shit etched in gold on the wall the minute he walked in the building, but as we all know that wasn't the case.