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Steph Curry's 'zero' gesture explained as Warriors star silences critics

Joshua Rogers June 17, 2022
Steph Curry's 'zero' gesture explained as Warriors star silences critics
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After winning his fourth NBA championship, Steph Curry made a zero gesture towards his critics – here’s what it means and where it comes from.

The Warriors have won their fourth championship in eight years and, for the first time in his career, Steph Curry is the Finals MVP.

Steph had his naysayers in the post-Kevin Durant years, despite already winning an NBA championship before KD arrived, but with the win over the Boston Celtics there’s simply no doubting Curry’s greatness.

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Steph Curry remembers everything

After the Warriors’ Game 6 win over the Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday, Steph spoke with reporters to reflect on his historic season.

“These last two months of the playoffs, these last three years, this last 48 hours, every bit of it has been an emotional roller coaster on and off the floor; and you’re carrying all of that on a daily basis to try to realize a dream and a goal like we did tonight,” Curry said (per NBC Sports).

“And the fact that when we started this season, the conversations about who we were as a team and what we were capable of, I clearly remember some experts and talking heads putting up the big zero of how many championships we would have going forward because of everything we went through.

“So we hear all that, and you carry it all and you try to maintain your purpose, not let it distract you, but you carry that weight and to get here, it all comes out. It’s special.”

During his answer, Steph Curry made a zero gesture over his right eye, which you can see below:

Steph Curry’s zero gesture explained

The Warriors superstar clearly uses criticism and doubt to fuel him in the postseason. Steph Curry’s zero gesture was a reference to First Take regulars Kendrick Perkins and Dominque Foxworth’s response to a question earlier in the season.

After Steph signed a $215 million extension with the Warriors in August 2021, the question posed on the ESPN show was: “How many titles will Steph win in the next four years?”

Perkins and Foxworth simply responded with a zero gesture over their eye – which Steph replicated during his post-game press conference.

Perkins apoligizes to Steph and the Warriors

ESPN analyst and former Celtic Kendrick Perkins has rocked with Boston all series long, predicting them to win it all. Heading into Game 6 in Boston, Perkins was asked what he expected of Steph.

“Absolutely nothing,” Perkins said (via Yahoo! Sports). “And let me explain to you why. He’s coming into the Garden, he’s coming into a hostile environment. I know he dropped 43 in Game 4, but it’s not happening tonight, Ok?

However, after Curry dropped 34 points to win his fourth NBA championship and secure his first Finals MVP, Perkins had no choice but to apologize:

Perkins then heaped more praise on Steph, calling him one of the all-time greats:

Steph recently called himself The Petty King

Criticism naturally comes with being a great player, and for Steph all the outside noise and negativity fuels his drive.

Celtics fans have been particularly hostile to the two-time MVP during this series, wearing T-shirts saying he “sucks”. There was even a sign outside a bar in the city directed towards his wife Ayesha, who’s a chef and restaurateur, saying: “Ayesha Curry Can’t Cook.” 

Steph then wore a T-shirt with the words “Ayesha Curry Can Cook”, and dubbed himself the ‘Petty King’.

“I use it as entertainment and just have fun with it,” he told NBC. “The more you’re on the stage, the more you realize the attention that is on you, how much it means to each fan base, how much it means to the cities. So, you can’t really be surprised by anything.”

“I’m the Petty King so I know all about everything,” Curry added.

In the end Curry had the last laugh – in the words of the Finals MVP: “What are they gonna say now?”:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.