Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry paid homage to legendary sports broadcaster Craig Sager with his special edition Curry 9 shoes worn in Monday’s game-four win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Warriors took a decisive 3-1 series lead over the Grizzlies, with Curry scoring a game-high 32 points with eight assists at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
In honor of Sager’s legacy, Curry, and his partner brand, Under Armour, announced the game-worn shoes featuring multi-colored floral graphics will be signed and auctioned off.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the SagerStrong foundation, which funds and supports blood cancer research and trials.
The auction goes live on Wednesday, May 11, before the opening tip of game five between Memphis and Golden State.
Curry’s shoe design was inspired by Sager and a suit he wore during one of the pair’s many interactions at a March 2016 home game. Curry went with a bold, colorful style, representing Sager and his personality as a sports broadcaster.
Heading into the NBA’s 75th anniversary season, Curry hoped to honor Sager’s immeasurable impact on the league’s community. His design team drew up styles that would show off that exciting personality, which was on display during many sideline interviews and media appearances.
“We are truly grateful to Stephen and the Curry Brand team for honoring Craig in such a meaningful way,” Executive Director of the SagerStrong Foundation, Terri Grunduski, said.
Sager shared a heartfelt postgame interview with Curry following the Warriors’ March 29, 2016, win over the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Curry outwardly admired Sager’s strength during the interview, calling Sager an inspiration to both himself and his teammates.
“The moment that inspired the shoe was one of Craig’s favorites, as (Sager’s wife, Stacy) recalled last week,” Grundiski said. “He truly loved Stephen and their friendship.”