BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — NBA megastar Stephen Curry has lavished praise on a young Chinese basketballer by posting a video of encouragement on social platform.
The eight-year-old boy, named Song Yihong, has earned considerable attention in recent days through his dribbling and shooting skills, including crossovers, spins, step-back jumpers and long-range shots.
“Look at Song Yihong, man. So inspirational!” wrote Curry on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform on Friday.
Curry also posted a video, saying “I’m so excited to know that not only you love the game of basketball, but you love watching me play. It seems like that you have all of my moves. Keep working hard. I’ll keep watching your videos and keep following you as you get older in the game.”
It was not the first interaction between the Golden State Warriors star guard and Song, who is seen wearing Curry’s No. 30 jersey.
After watching Song’s video online, Curry resorted to Weibo in scouting the Chinese boy.
“This kid is a baller! He really took the whole bag [emoji] and then some chili [emoji]. Can someone help find this future basketball star?” the three-time NBA champion wrote on August 28.
“Playing basketball is my second nature, and you are my hero. I hope that I can be a basketball player like you,” Song, in No. 30 jersey, responded in English before showcasing some Curry-like ball-handling and shooting moves in a video.
“These two primary school students are so cute,” commented one netizen, with some Chinese fans dubbing as such due to his baby face.
“This is the power of an idol,” wrote another web user.
Curry has changed the landscape of basketball in recent years with his silky shooting and eye-catching moves in a sport traditionally dominated by big and powerful players.
He once again accomplished the mission of finding an inspirational young Chinese player through social media, after unearthing one-armed teenager Zhang Jiacheng last year.
After Zhang’s video of spectacular basketball skills went viral on the Internet, it also struck a chord with Curry from the other side of the Pacific Ocean..
“Who is this kid? Help me find him! Keep doing you and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t,” Curry wrote on Weibo along with the hashtag “Stay Underrated.”
“I will work harder,” Zhang replied to his idol in Chinese, which was then translated into English by netizens.
Another wave of encouraging words from Curry arrived.
“You are an inspiration. You don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. You’ve found a way to overcome and get out there on the basketball court and show people how much the game means to you,” he said in a video message to Zhang.