The Golden State Warriors are the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA Finals. They take on the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their second round matchup on Tuesday after beating the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.
Golden State is expected to keep on marching through the playoffs, a period the Warriors say they are going to dedicate to the memory of Brody Stephens.
An 8-year-old battling leukemia, Stephens passed away over the weekend due to complications of a viral infection.
Stephens was a huge Warriors fan, one that several Golden State players had visited and met with before his death.
Via SF Gate:
“I’m glad I got to meet him, spend some time with him and hopefully bring a little bit of joy to him and his family the past few months,” Curry said. “We’re going to try to find a way to dedicate these playoffs to Brody and his family. We know how much the Warriors meant to them.”
On the eve of Golden State’s Nov. 21 win over the Pacers, Curry visited Brody at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. While there for more than an hour, Curry Facetimed his loved ones with Brody, saw Brody’s extensive sports-card collection and gave him signed jerseys, T-shirts and a basketball.
Curry had been wearing a bracelet that said #BrodyStrong since November.