Steph Curry co-stars with anchors Verrett, Everett in new “This Is SportsCenter” spot

We are like Sam Jackson and John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction.” – Neil Everett on his chemistry on SportsCenter and in commercials with co-anchor Stan Verrett

In anticipation of tonight’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors (10:30 ET, ESPN), ESPN today launched “Chicken Curry,” a new “This is SportsCenter” commercial featuring Warriors star guard Steph Curry. The speedy guard works alongside the 1 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter anchors Stan Verrett and Neil Everett (see video above).

Front Row spoke with Verrett and Everett about their experience shooting with Curry in ESPN’s cafeteria in the Los Angeles Production Center and working together again for the campaign.

What did you think of the plot of the ad, when you first heard it?
Verrett: I thought the idea was great. Very clever. I also happen to love curry chicken. So the area in which we were filming smelled wonderful.

If I had to pick, I’d choose Kevin because he made it harder to keep a straight face when we shot it.
Stan Verrett on which NBA “This Is SportsCenter” co-star is the better actor, Steph Curry or Kevin Love

Stan, how many takes did you have to shoot to nail that confused and serious stare you give Curry?
Verrett: It took quite a few takes to get the stare just right. The director, David Shane, is a perfectionist and wanted to get it done the way he envisioned it. I think it worked.

Neil, what acting tips did you give Curry?
Everett: Steph Curry was not acting. He really thinks that we have a cafeteria at the Los Angeles SportsCenter studio, and he thinks curry the dish is named after Curry the ballplayer. Great shooter, not that bright a bulb, unfortunately.

You two starred together in another food-themed “This is SportsCenter” commercial with another NBA star – Kevin Love (“Double Double”). How do Curry’s acting skills compare to Love’s?
Verrett: It’s hard to pick one over the other. Kevin’s admonishment when I was badgering him for more caffeine was spot on, but so was Steph’s sincere thanks to the cafeteria crew for honoring with the day’s menu choices after big games. If I had to pick, I’d choose Kevin because he made it harder to keep a straight face when we shot it.
Everett: Again, Kevin Love was having a mid-basketball-life crisis, and he honestly thought he was a barista. After Stan’s hospitalization for caffeine overdose, Kevin decided to stay with basketball.

Neil, in working with Stan again for the campaign, how much does your timing as a SportsCenter team translate into working with him for these spots?
Everett: There’s a reason that ESPN paired a Verrett and an Everett, OK. We are like Sam Jackson and John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction.”

Home Cooking: Curry family stars in ESPN marketing spot

ESPN also joined the Curry family in their Bay Area home for a chicken curry cooking contest between Steph and his wife, chef Ayesha. The video – published to ESPN YouTube – also introduces the competition’s adorable judge, daughter Riley, 2. Front Row asked Ayesha Curry about participating in the video and cooking with her husband, whose winning dishes are apparently only reserved for the court:

What was it like to have ESPN’s crew in your kitchen?
It was great. Although I didn’t get to cook for everyone that day, I believe we made up for it with Riley’s hysterical performance. There is never a dull moment.

Do you and Steph cook together a lot? What’s your favorite dish to cook with him?
Let’s be honest, I do 99.9 percent of the cooking at our house. Stephen is definitely quite the grill master and if I’m sick, I know he can throw together an awesome five-ingredient pasta that he learned how to make from Michael Symon [chef and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew”]. I can’t shoot free throws and he can’t flambé; we balance each other out.

Mashable has published another look at the Steph Curry “This Is SportsCenter” campaign.

Dan Quinn contributed to this post.

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