Which makes it the perfect time to trot this zany bit of NBA trivia: Curry and James were born in the same hospital in Akron, Ohio. The momentous events happened 39 months apart, as James was born in December 1984, while Curry was born in March 1988, but still:
James, of course, is famously from Akron, which made the fact that Cleveland landed him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2003 seem so magical — and the fact that he ditched the team for Miami’s South Beach in 2010 seem all the more heartbreaking. When he announced his return to the Cavs last year in Sports Illustrated, James was sure to note, “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.”
Curry’s birth in Akron is more of a footnote in his bio, as his father, Dell, played just one season for the Cavs before spending a decade with the Charlotte Hornets. Thus Curry grew up in North Carolina, where he played college ball at Davidson.
When Curry won the most valuable player award, James noted their connection, saying (via Cleveland.com), “I think it’s great that another kid born in Akron, Ohio can win an MVP.” In fact, only twice in the past seven years (Derrick Rose in 2011, Kevin Durant in 2014) has someone not born in the same hospital in that city won the NBA’s highest individual honor.
By producing the likes of Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Dan Marino, Western Pennsylvania came to be known as “the cradle of quarterbacks.” Nowadays, the maternity ward at Akron General can almost literally lay claim to being “the cradle of NBA MVPs.”
Update: Summa Health System, which owns Akron City Hospital, reports that its facility, not Akron General, is the birthplace in question.