Baller Steph Curry is one of the few people that can claim to have gotten the best of fellow baller LeBron James. Still, many people apparently don’t feel as fondly for the player as you’d imagine. Even if his wife and children are loved, why all the hate?
Speaking of LeBron, both superstars have their eyes set on film and TV. LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New Legacy is still slated to come out in 2021, positioning him as heir to Michael Jordan and his iconic cartoon movie. Curry is getting into the game with an animated version of a Black classic — with the help of the original creator.
Remember Good Times, the iconic sitcom that ran for six seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1979? Executive produced by Norman Lear, the show featured America’s first Black two-parent sitcom family. Its iconic theme song is still recognizable by generations after the fact, and Curry is bringing his own version of a Black two-parent family to Netflix as a cartoon.
With the pandemic speeding up the production of animation because of the lack of need for large sets, Curry is poised to profit handsomely. The new series will follow “the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. Just as the original did years ago, ‘Good Times’ strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.”
It helped he partnered with the original executive producer Lear, no doubt, to make this deal happen with Curry’s Unanimous Media. They’re also including award winning animator and creator Seth Macfarlane, whose own long-running animated show “Family Guy” makes him uniquely posed to get this story to screen. It will also be 98-year-old Lear’s first animated EP credit.
Netflix has greenlit a straight-to-series, 10-episode order for Curry. Will this be the thing that curries favor for Curry with the league, the world and the people who allegedly aren’t giving him his props? Possibly not but former Golden State Warriors player Matt Barnes offered his thoughts recently on why Steph can’t seem to catch a break.
Appearing on ESPN’s The Jump recently, Curry’s entrance and absolute demolishing of many records and norms both helped his star grow while giving others fuel for their lack of support. However, it was one bit of his comment that stood out – he also blamed it on Steph’s “whole light skinned thing.”
“I think, he came in, he’s the golden boy,” Barnes said. “He came in and destroyed record books, won championships, beat LeBron — he’s done a lot of things that probably angered other players and other fans. That’s why I don’t think he gets the respect he deserves.”
“He’s obviously the greatest shooter to ever play the game and I can see people being bitter from that. Not to mention the whole light skinned thing, and people have problems with that. Like I said, he’s a perfect example of what the NBA needs to be represented as and people don’t like that either. Most of the time when people are so good or something’s so perfect, people don’t like that and that’s exactly what you get with Steph.”