Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s offseason began with plenty of celebration for his fourth NBA title and first NBA Finals MVP.
He continues the hiatus from his full-time job with a side gig hosting this year’s ESPYS.
“I had the pleasure of attending The ESPYS but never thought I would have the privilege of hosting this special event,” Curry said in a statement. “As someone who loves the intersection of sports and entertainment, I look forward to bringing fans an exciting show as we celebrate the athletes who created the top moments of the year.”
Curry is the ninth athlete to host the awards ceremony.
But he’s not the only NBA player with interesting off-season activities. From high-profile weddings to surprise Drew League appearances and more, the federation’s players have been busy this summer.
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
James returned to the Drew League, a Los Angeles-based Pro-Am summer basketball league, for the first time in 11 years.
He recorded a stat line of 42 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals in the MMV Cheaters’ 104-102 win.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 17, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
On June 24th, Rise, an original film documenting his family’s journey, was released on Disney+.
The premiere was also a family affair. Brothers Francis, Thanasis and Kostas were alongside the six-time All-Star.
DeMar DeRozanChicago Bulls
The Southern California player, a Drew League staple, scored 39 points on his debut for the summer Pro-Am league and later joined James at the MMV Cheaters.
— Drew League (@DrewLeague) July 3, 2022
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
In one of the niche activities, the 6ft 11 center built a life size Lego statue of itself as Darth Vader from Star Wars. Turner left viral for his hobby in March.
I present to you 100,000 pieces… Darth Myles 🤓 pic.twitter.com/9KloKgC6si
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) June 3, 2022
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Love tied the knot with Canadian model Kate Bock, and present and former teammates were in attendance.
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
Paul was back in New Orleans where he was drafted in 2005 to attend the Essence Festival. The NBA vet and HBCU supporter discussed Season 3 of the ESPN+ series Why Not Us, which premieres August 11 and will follow the Southern University Fabulous Dancing Dolls.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34263506/espys-host-stephen-curry-tops-list-nba-players-busy-offseasons ESPYS host Stephen Curry tops list of NBA players with busy offseasons