Akron to have two superstars playing in the 2015 NBA Finals
AKRON, Ohio – When it comes to favorites there is no question that in Akron, LeBron James is the King.
“When we first started talking about him coming home, I said he’s going to make history,” said Alder Chapman, President of LeBron James Grandmother’s Fan Club.
But when the Cavaliers play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the Warriors will be looking to another Akron native to deliver them a championship.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s father, Dell, was playing for the Cavaliers in 1988 when he was born.
Birth records show he was delivered at Summa Akron City Hospital on March 14, 1988.
It is the same hospital at which LeBron James birth certificate shows he entered the world less than four years earlier on December 30, 1984.
Two NBA MVP’s, both superstars, both playing against each other, both delivered in the same maternity ward.
“I think for the women of our commmunity if you want to increase your odds of having an NBA MVP you should probably come here to have your baby,” said Dr. Alexander Ormond, a Summa Akron City Hospital OB/GYN.
You can’t argue with statistics.
Between the two players, they have won the league’s MVP title five of the past seven years.
But in Akron very few people even realize Curry was born here too.
Unlike LeBron James, who was born and raised in Akron, Curry moved away when he was just months old after his father went to play in Charlotte.
Lamark Shavers Sr. of Akron did know about Curry’s past, and like many in Akron, won’t be cheering for him in the finals.
“LeBron is the man. He is the man. They are going to bring it home,” said Shavers.
“I like (Curry), he’s a nice young man but Lebron is our grandson, this is Akron’s own, there will be no one else,” said Chapman.