Cam Newton on his NBA superfriend: 'Steph Curry is special, man'

BY Jovan Buha • February 2, 2016

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has shouted out Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on several occasions this season, and now Newton is returning the favor.

While at a Super Bowl 50 media session in San Jose on Monday night, Newton was sure to heap praise on No. 30 and put himself in the good graces of the Bay Area region:

Newton is spot on. Curry is unlike anything we've ever seen -- the human embodiment of a character on fire from "NBA Jam."

The superstar friends have grown close since 2012, when Curry, a diehard Panthers fan, attended training camp and the two clicked. Since then, Curry and Newton attend each other's games when possible, and have even worn jerseys supporting each other (in Newton's case, he wore Curry's father Dell's jersey, which is close enough).

The parallels between the stars are eery.

Both are transcendent talents that are changing the way we view their respective positions of point guard and quarterback. Both have led their team to historic seasons. And both are the respective favorites to win MVP in their sport. They're each The Guy right now. 

The lone difference may be the way they're viewed in the public eye, with Curry primarily receiving positive coverage from the media, and Newton being criticized and even villainized at times. 

Newton offered further perspective on Curry's season, saying he's changed the perception of 3-point shooting and undersized guards for the better:

Curry will be in attendance at Super Bowl 50, wearing his custom No. 30 Panthers jersey at Levi’s Stadium, but he won't be the only "special" player rocking Carolina colors.

Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jovanbuha.

”Steph Curry is special, man,” Newton said. “He does things that you only see on video games.”

“He’s transcending the game upwardly, giving opportunity to not only guys who can really shoot, but undersized guys,” Newton said of Curry. “You got to respect that.”



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