Stephen Curry & More Win Big at ESPY Awards


| LAST UPDATE 07/21/2022

By Elizabeth Russo
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There is nothing Steph Curry can't do. The eight-time All-Star, four-time championship winner, two-time NBA MVP, and NBA Finals MVP can now ESPY host to his decorated resume! The 30th annual ESPY Awards went down last night in Los Angeles, and the Golden State Warriors athlete was given hosting responsibilities - in addition to being nominated for three awards and taking home two coveted awards. Here's what you missed.

The night started off with a bang when Curry's opening monologue immediately included a jab at NBA rival LeBron James. The point guard began his opener by pointing, "I'm the second NBA player to host this award show, which is kind of crazy to think about," and that "LeBron James, he hosted this award show back in 2007, after losing in the NBA Finals," he hilariously said. "So yes, you guessed it, this feels better, this feels better." The two have gone head to head many times in their lengthy career on the court, most recently as the two both represent the west coast state - but in very different locations.

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Curry enthusiastically kept the ball rolling and announced, "As someone who loves the intersection of sports and entertainment, I look forward to delivering an exciting show for the fans while we celebrate the athletes who created the top moments of the year." And we loved seeing him do his thing on stage while his proud family cheered him on off stage! The athlete was nominated for Best Athlete, Men's Sports; Best Record-Breaking Performance; and Best NBA Player - and he took home two of the three, losing the Best Athlete award to Shohei Ohtani, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.

The award show is put on year after year to honor both individual athletes and team athletic achievements, with categories such as Best Breakthrough Athlete, Best Championship Performance, Best Comeback Athlete, Best Olympian for men and women's sports, and many more categories. Curry's teammate, Klay Thompson, took home the award for Best Comeback Athlete this year, giving the Golden State Warriors a few W's. Katie Ledecky took home the Best Athlete award for Women's Sports, Eileen Gu won for Best Breakthrough Athlete, and Soccer player Megan Rapinoe took home the Best Play award for her Unbelievable Corner Kick Goal, among many other athletes who won big. For the full list of winners, click here.

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