With an appearance in five straight NBA Championships, all eyes are on Warriors star player, Stephen Curry. In a new documentary series ‘Stephen vs The Game’, creator Gotham Chopra follows the NBA star on his road to the finals, as well as his life before professional basketball.
The Facebook (FB) Watch series chronicles Curry’s journey to NBA superstar, including his life outside of the game.
After the Warriors scored an overtime win this week, sweeping the Portland Trailblazers to clinch a spot in the finals, Chopra told Yahoo Finance’s YFi PM that he wasn’t surprised.
“It wasn’t particularly unexpected, considering the run the Warriors have been on the past few weeks,” Chopra siad. “But I keep telling Steph, the story just keeps writing itself, I only occasionally need to actually be there.”
The docu-series shows footage of Curry from his toddler years, part of a “treasure trove” Chopra was able to obtain from the star’s prepared parents.
“Steph’s 31-years-old, so he belongs to a generation where it’s almost like there’s been a phone in the hands of his parents,” he said. “They were documenting everything.”
When working last year with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady however, Chopra said the experience was different. The future Hall of Famer is now “41-years-old, that same technology didn’t exist,” Chopra added.
Still, the Brady project, entitled “Tom vs. Time,” won a Sports Emmy.
Chopra created the series under the production company Religion of Sports, which he co-founded with Brady and ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan. But why broadcast on Facebook Watch?
Religion of Sports CEO Ameeth Sankaran told YFi PM that while the company works across platforms, “one of the big things that Facebook provides is they come with an ingrained community with these athletes.”
With social media being the main way many fans connect with these athletes, Sankaran stated that “They have a community they curated that know what to expect, that they engage with.”
Facebook “works really well, because there’s a hunger for that content, and a hunger for differentiated content.”
McKenzie DeGroot is a producer at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @degrootmckenzie