Just how much of a role Stephen Curry's pre-game routine plays in his performances on a nightly basis is difficult to quantify.
What is clear. though, is that the Golden State Warriors star has a very particular routine he likes to follow before every tip-off. From sending out the exact same social media post to performing the same circus shots as the arena fills up, it seems the reigning MVP is a creature of habit.
After tragedy struck in Colorado this week, however, Curry made one important change to that routine before the Warriors' latest game, against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
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As reported by Sporting News, Curry adapted his usual 'Lock in! #DubsNation' tweet to pay his respect to Mackenzie Forrest, a teenage basketball fanatic from Lakewood, Colorado who sadly lost her life in a car accident this week.
One quick look at Curry's official Twitter account will show his regular pre-game tweet cropping up time and time again.
Yesterday's small but significant change is, then, a nice touch from a player who has risen to the top of the NBA buoyed not only because of his exceptional talent but his character too.
Forrest, who was just 17 went she passed away, was a huge fan of Curry and her Lockwood High School classmates had made a plea to the NBA star to give her a shout out "in celebration of her life" earlier this week.
Curry's gesture was only small but it went down very well with the school for which Forrest remains the career points leader. Responding to Curry's pre-game tweet they wrote:
"Thank you so much Mr. Curry. This means the world. I'm sure Lil Mac is freaking out in heaven."
Now the most high-profile player in the NBA after his exploits on the court in the recent times, Curry must now handle the extra responsibility that brings as a role model.
The way he has conducted himself so far as his star continues to rise, suggests that will come naturally to the 28-year-old.
His slight change to pre-game proceedings didn't harm Curry's performance on the court last night, either.
The MVP-in-waiting connected on eight of 13 three-point attempts on route to a 34 point night - one number higher than the number 33 jersey Forrest wore in high school ball.