Even big stars get starstruck sometimes. Sure, Stephen Curry might have been the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, but he's also a fan of sports and rad people — of course he's going to ask Mo'ne Davis for her autograph:
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Prior to the Golden State Warriors' 89-84 Monday win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the All-Star point guard had a chance to share a few minutes with Davis, who exploded onto the national scene back in August as the smoke-throwing pride of Philly's Taney Dragons. She became the first girl to throw a complete-game shutout in a game that clinched a Little League World Series berth, the first girl to throw a shutout in LLWS history and the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Davis' Taney squad fell to Chicago's Jackie Robinson West (a pretty great story in their own right) before the U.S. finals of the 2014 LLWS. But the remarkable young woman with the 70-MPH fastball and the preternatural confidence left an indelible impression on the sports-loving public, earning her a place in Cooperstown, a trip to the World Series, a book deal and recognition as both the Associated Press' Female Athlete of the Year and SI's SportsKid of the Year.
But while it's Davis' poise and power on the mound that earned her acclaim, she's also got game on the hardwood, playing high-school varsity hoops in Philly as an eighth-grader and hoping to one day play at the University of Connecticut, in the WNBA and maybe even in the NBA.
It's probably a bit early to start building her DraftExpress page, but Davis is going to make her big-league debut in the All-Star Celebrity Game in New York City this weekend. To get ready to take on the likes of Common, Chadwick Boseman, Win Butler and Michael Rapaport, Davis got some shots up with Steph after she signed her Sports Illustrated cover for him on Monday night:
Seems like a pretty good guy to pattern your game and your shooting style after, huh? (We're betting Steph takes a little something away from his meeting with Mo'ne, too.)
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