Stephen Curry is about to receive his second championship ring when the Golden State Warriors meet the Houston Rockets on opening night, a moment that will no doubt mean something to him. But it will also, apparently, give the two-time MVP another ring to not wear.
When asked in front of reporters how he’s put the Warriors’ 2015 title ring to use, Curry said that he’s only worn it three times, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater:
Steph Curry said he's worn 2015 title ring three times: Day after they got them, 2017 parade and with a suit once, but it looked ridiculous pic.twitter.com/w9BdpJy80b
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 16, 2017
I mean, hell, can you really blame him?
NBA championship rings are ostentatious as hell. They stand out too much, even on professional athlete-sized hands, and don’t really match with a specific outfit.
Wearing them at all also puts you at risk of losing it. Those things cost a lot of money, and for most players, more importantly, they hold a ton of emotional significance. Locking them up somewhere, perhaps in a vault guarded by robots, is a far safer play.
Really, when you think about it, these rings are trinkets of achievement players will more likely to break out when they’re retired and not currently thinking about the next one, or when they’re thinking about the good old days.
Point being: Curry’s view of his ring probably isn’t unique to him. More likely than not, it’s closer to the standard slant than not.