A video recorded from the stands before an NBA game shows a touching moment when Stephen Curry consoles the 9-year-old nephew of an opponent, days after the boy’s father died in a car crash.
In the video, Curry bends down to speak into the boy’s ear and pats him on the shoulder. The boy looks down the entire time, still grieving the loss of his father.
Stephen Curry praying pregame with a kid who lost his father due to a car accident. ?????? pic.twitter.com/Fdn0C0OM0r
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The boy is the nephew of Dallas Mavericks guard, Devin Harris. The pair visited the stadium, but Harris did not play as he is still dealing with the loss of his brother, Bruce Harris, who died Thursday, Oct. 19, from injuries he suffered in a car wreck.
Reporters asked what Curry told the boy before the game.
“It’s obviously … hard to find the right words to say in that situation, because it’s such a tough blow to the family,” Curry said. “At that age, I can’t imagine what he’s going through. But best thing I could say was to lean on his family to give him that strength to get through this tough time.”
Steph Curry on what message he gave to Devin Harris' nephew during their pregame meeting (his father died recently) pic.twitter.com/YupKFFTTGn
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Harris told Curry about what happened in the locker room, ABC reported.
“Him being here and being a big fan of me and our team [I did it] to try and lift his spirits the best we can,” Curry said. “There’s no right thing to say in that situation, but you just try to show him that there are a lot of people thinking about him.”
Nearly a week after his loss, Harris addressed the media.
“I lost my brother tragically and it’s been a tough week,” Harris said with his nephew at his side, according to Dallas News. “The family is taking it pretty hard, as you would expect them to. Probably the toughest thing I’ve had to deal with, dealing with myself, trying to explain it to his kids, my kids – it’s just been tough.”
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Harris added that he’s ready to join his extended family—the Mavericks.
“I can only sit in the house for so long,” he said. “And these are my brothers, too. I spend every day with them, so just to be able to be around them has to be a healing them for me as well. I came to spend some time with my nephew to try to get his mind off of it.”