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How Steph’s adorable parenting acronym translates to basketball originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Steph Curry: Four-time NBA champion, all-time dad.

The Warriors star put his parenting skills to task by authoring his new children’s book, “I Have a Superpower,” which aims to teach kids how they can get through anything with hard work and a positive attitude.

In a recent interview with Fatherly, Curry shared an acronym he uses at home with his own children — Riley (10), Ryan (7) and Canon (4) — and how the same philosophy (though more age-appropriate) also resonates in the Golden State locker room.

“It doesn’t make any sense without explanation, but we always say, ‘Control your WABA,’ which stands for your words, actions, behavior, and attitude,” Curry told Fatherly of parenting “hacks” he and wife Ayesha utilize.

“Those are four factors that they can control, no matter what’s going on in their life. Hopefully, that keeps them centered through all of the ups and downs.”

Curry said WABA might be losing its luster as his kids grow older and more sarcastic, though they still respond positively to the cute phrase.

And while his Warriors teammates might not necessarily be able to relate to WABA, they can appreciate the message behind it.

The team faced countless doubters last season en route to their fourth NBA title in eight seasons, with a roster filled with unproven youngsters anchored by a championship core.

As Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson fought through and returned from injuries at various points throughout the campaign, others like Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins made impacts in their own right.

There’s plenty to look forward to in seasons to come, too, with Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman all coming into their own.

“… I don’t know how it would go if I walked up to them and said, ‘You have a superpower,’ or, ‘WABA!’ ” Curry said. “But I think those messages are important for young guys. They need to hear that they have value to offer this team. They need to know they’re going to be vital to helping us to accomplish our goals.”

It’s that attitude that has helped the Warriors accomplish their goals as of late, Curry continued.

“Sometimes they don’t even realize what we’re saying when they hear it,” he said. “But they work, they believe, and then you look up at the end of the year and you’re celebrating a championship.

“So I might package it a little differently, but it’s the same concept of self-confidence, work ethic, and belief that we all can resonate with.”

RELATED: Report: Steph, Under Armour nearing lucrative $1B lifetime deal

Between all of his accolades, his attitude and his leadership, two things are for certain.

Curry’s kids are lucky to have him as a father, and the Warriors are lucky to have him as a teammate.

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