Brody Stephens made an impression on Stephen Curry.
Curry was so touched by Stephens, an 8-year-old Warriors superfan who reportedly died Saturday, that he devoted Golden State’s postseason run to the kid’s memory.
“I’m glad I got to meet him, spend some time with him and hopefully bring a little bit of joy to him and his family the past few months,” Curry told reporters Monday. “We’re going to try to find a way to dedicate these playoffs to Brody and his family. We know how much the Warriors meant to them.”
Curry apparently continues to wear a “BrodyStrong” bracelet in honor of Stephens.
The story of Curry and Stephens — who died of a viral complication amid a battle with leukemia, according to IndyStar — goes back to when the Warriors star heard about Stephen’s situation and visited him in the hospital.
@StephenCurry30 @SteveKerr @dandakich @RB_Mrs Look who traded autographed jerseys today!!!
Unbelievable Moment!!!! #BrodyStrong pic.twitter.com/cByep8vSX8
— Jason Stephens (@JStephens_1) November 20, 2016
First diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010, Stephens fought it off — until the ailment resurfaced in 2015, as acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His love for basketball never waned, though, and his appreciation of the Warriors led to the team inviting him to Oracle Arena last month.
Stephens visited Golden State on April 10, when he met Curry again and spent time with Kevin Durant before joining coach Steve Kerr on the podium during a press conference.
.@RileyChildrens patient and @warriors super fan Brody Stephens got to spend time w/ the team at the game last night! pic.twitter.com/Ojrc1eiRKZ
Steve Kerr brings up Brody Stephens to podium then provides an update on Matt Barnes’ status pic.twitter.com/rrv7FgrUK6
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 11, 2017
Kerr posted on Twitter shortly after the news of Stephens’ death surfaced Saturday…
“He was a very special kid that inspired everyone that knew him,” Jason Stephens, Brody’s father, told IndyStar in a text.
Clearly, Brody inspired Curry.