Stephen Curry was not projected to become the MVP of the NBA. Indeed he was pegged as a below average NBA prospect. What the reports did not take into account was his drive to succeed.
Curry is not an athletic freak like LeBron James or Anthony Davis, but a player who relentlessly works on perfecting his skills to a legendary degree.
Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson can all receive life lessons on maximizing what they do best. Even now, the injured Johnson has the perfect opportunity to improve his shooting and ball-handling using only his right arm while recovering from left shoulder surgery.
Meanwhile, the Sioux Falls Skyforce have improved to 29-7 with their latest victory, lead by Briante Weber, who scored 26 points and had 5 steals, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Yet he went undrafted due to injury, similar to how Curry had ankle problems in his first few years after he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors.
Curry's Warriors team never won more than 36 games in each of his first three seasons. Yet he persisted; he never gave up. These last games of this regular season will test the resolve of the Miami Heat, and it remains to be seen whether they can overcome their shortcomings.
The Heat do not have the perfect team on paper, but do they have the mental toughness to finish on a strong note. The addition of Joe Johnson gives the team another quality piece, who can also mentor the rooks on the hard work necessary to win at the NBA level. Along with Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh leading the way by example, the Heat team is a virtual university of winning, as LeBron James pointed out when he re-joined the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rather than wanting more from the outside, Miami can work tirelessly from the inside to bring their player skills to all-time NBA levels. The common thread that Curry shares with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan is the willingness to to perfect his game to heights not previously reached. Can the Heat's young core also take those lessons to heart?