NEW YORK -- Until he cures cancer or pulls a child from a burning house, we'll have to settle for Stephen Curry being the most popular player in the NBA while feeding the hungry, protecting the vulnerable and speaking up for the slain.
He is unfailingly cordial, thoughtful, diplomatic and keenly aware of the world around him. He's a terrific basketball player, but that much is conspicuous.
Curry, 26, is becoming everything the Warriors and the NBA could possibly wish for: a superstar player who projects humility and exhibits normalcy – all in a boyishly embraceable package.
The outspoken Christian even has the lovely wife (Ayesha) and daughter (Riley), with another child on the way.
Observing Curry during NBA All-Star Weekend, it rang clear there is no better ambassador for the league – and perhaps for professional sports in general.
Curry's latest cause is bringing attention to the senseless murder of three Muslims in North Carolina. Curry honored Deah Shaddy Parakat, a fan who last week was killed with his wife and sister-in-law, not because there was an opportunity to exploit but because he realized a connection and was touched.
"I've been following the story all week," Curry said. "There have been a lot of supporters of him and his family. Obviously having North Carolina roots, and once I got to know who Deah was as a person and (hearing) the stories everybody was telling me, it only seemed right to honor him and his family. And hopefully they know that people are thinking about them."
Curry on All-Star Saturday Night wrote #CURRYFORDEAH on his right shoe, and RIPDEAH on his left. He then went out on the Barclays Center floor and won the 3-point shootout.
"I just did my little part to shed that light toward him," said Curry, who on Sunday revealed he has communicated with family members and plans to send them the winning shoes.
That's Curry. He sees. He feels. He thinks. He acts.
The question comes several times a week, or so it seems. Someone aware of my occupation will ask me if Curry is as noble as he seems. My answer? I haven't seen any evidence to suggest he is any different than the man we see in public.
Now I don't live with him. Or eat breakfast at his table. Or play cards with him. I don't even carpool with Steph. I merely spend a considerable amount of time around him and his teammates.
But I've yet to see or hear a whisper of a rumor that Curry is anything but impossibly decent. There is, thus far, not the slightest a flaw in his humanity or crack in his armor of virtue.
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, when asked about Curry's spectacular skills, always resorted to the same phrase: As good as he is as a player, he's an even better person.
Curry, through the "Nothing But Nets" campaign, has supplied treated nets as a way to fight malaria in Africa, where the illness is a leading killer of children. He has fed not only children but also entire families, fulfilled dreams through "Make-A-Wish," hosted community organizations and health clinics.
He's using basketball as a platform to impact more important issues.
In a recent conversation with Curry, we discussed the star athlete's role in society. I explained how for many years, athletes declined to address social issues because they were "protecting their brand."
Curry's response was succinct and refreshing: "Why not make standing up for what you believe a part of your brand?"
So don't waste your time waiting for the day when Curry breaks character and drops a stream of F-bombs or is an indignant interview or has a belligerent news conference. He would think such an action a poor reflection of his family, his church and everything for which he stands.
Go ahead. Try to root against that. And if you can, it's time to see a mental health professional.