Riley Curry will have had only one podium game. Are you happy? Yes, because in 2015, we really can’t have nice things and nice moments. Is it because Steph Curry is so universally beloved that we must hate his young daughter?
Riley is the two-year-old daughter of the Golden State Warriors’ point guard but after the team defeated the Houston Rockets in game 1 of the Western Conference finals, she proved to us that she was the real MVP.
Steph Curry, the actual league MVP, decided to give his young daughter her own podium game and she responded in kind, stealing the hearts of most of those present in the conference room.
Most, yes, but not everyone because in 2015, nothing can be exclusively and positively great. If a majority loves seeing and watching young Riley Curry at her father’s post-game press conference, then it must mean that a minority does not like it. Why?
Reporters, journalists and beat writers have indeed a job to do at these pressers, namely to file a story and a game recap that includes the game result and relevant quotes. It must also be done in a timely fashion. Said reporters, journalists and beat writers do take pride in the work that they do and I suppose it’s not necessarily wrong to say that the NBA should be cautious of reporters’ deadline. And it will be much more difficult to ask a question to a player who has his young daughter in his arms than to one who maybe isn't eager to answer reporters’ questions but who is at least free of distractions. (Yes, because in 2015 even kids are distractions.)
But you know what else that is? Boring. The scene of Curry and his daughter is much more fun than hearing the superstar tell reporters that he’s “glad my team managed to get an important win” after a relatively poorly constructed, or irrelevant, question. If nothing else, it would be more entertaining, just like a presser with kittens or puppies would be. Because this is all supposed to be entertaining and entertainment.
Lest we forget, Curry’s job is to throw a ball in a basket. He’s not changing the world and we shouldn’t pretend that he is. His job is to speak to reporters after a game, but maybe we should all delight in the fact that he didn’t simply say he was here so he wouldn't get fined. But do you know who else isn’t changing the world either? Journalists assigned to Curry, or the Warriors, or the NBA, who are reporting on the doings of millionaire professional athletes.
It’s not that they prefer their post-game pressers boring either, I know; they don’t, but it doesn’t change that these too often are. Only mere minutes after they finished competing intensely in front of fans, families and friends, athletes re asked to reflect on things that, for the most part, they haven’t really had time to process. This isn’t to say that reporters don’t need a quote from their star after the team’s win, but merely that the readers can’t possibly care that much about it. A healthy democracy doesn’t depend on a citizenry who knows about the result of an NBA game, let’s say.
Ah, yes. That’s a #hottake for the ages: real professionals wouldn’t bring their daughter to their post-game press conference, because… why, exactly? But really, the why doesn’t matter. I’ll simply say that those who aren’t professionals here just may be the very reporters who complain that a basketball player shouldn’t have brought his daughter with him to a press conference. “But I don’t bring my daughter to work,” they might say. Indeed, because you’re not an NBA player.
NBA players aren't allowed, per league rules, to bring their child to a press conference, but it's been tolerated for a few years. Maybe some reporters, like @starnewsacc from above, think the players don’t look professional with their daughter in their arms answering questions like, “How do you feel about this win?”, but thank God. I don’t want to find out that the league fooled me and that all along, the NBA was just like the NFL and that it would soon fund an independent investigation (and a 243-page report) on an asinine issue like whether its balls are properly deflated.
Sports are wonderful and great, but they aren’t sacrosanct and shouldn’t be treated as such. If a pro athlete wants to answer questions with his daughter or son present with him at the podium, let him. Sports are entertainment, and so is a post-game presser with the league MVP and his young daughter.