Stephen Curry, BTS star SUGA meet in Japan

NBA star Steph Curry and K-pop sensation SUGA crossed paths in Tokyo, Japan following their viral social media interaction. (Photos: Stephen Curry/Twitter)
NBA star Steph Curry and K-pop sensation SUGA crossed paths in Tokyo, Japan following their viral social media interaction. (Photos: Stephen Curry/Twitter)

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and Min Yoon-gi, popularly known as SUGA, of international K-pop group BTS have finally met each other at the team’s practice session in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday (Sept 29).

The special encounter was shared by the Golden State Warriors’ page on Twitter, with the caption, “Stephen, meet SUGA!”

“What’s up, SUGA? How you doin’? I’m sweaty, working hard, but very nice to meet you,” greeted Curry.

“Nice to meet you,” SUGA responded.

“Big fan, obviously,” added Curry. “So are my kids and everybody in the family, man. It’s great to meet you. Thank you very much.”

In another video clip posted by the Warriors’ official Japanese account, the four-time NBA champion and two-time MVP once again extended his gratitude toward the BTS member.

Curry handed SUGA a signed No. 30 jersey, and they took a photo together.

SUGA, meanwhile, gifted the NBA star with a signed copy of “Proof,” the boy band's latest anthology album.

The BTS lead rapper also had a chance to meet other Golden State players, such as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The meeting was after the pair’s viral interaction on social media when BTS shared a photo of SUGA on Twitter presenting a personalized Warriors jersey bearing the K-pop idol’s name to which Curry replied with “Love the jersey SUGA! See you soon!”

SUGA has been a longtime basketball fan and was seen at several NBA games. The K-pop sensation’s screen name also reflects his love of the sport. SUGA is a portmanteau of the basketball position he played when he was younger, a shooting guard.

The Warriors are set to conduct two games against the Washington Wizards at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo to open their preseason campaign.

It was the first Japan visit for both NBA teams.

Lé Baltar is a Manila-based freelance journalist, covering entertainment and lifestyle stories for Yahoo Philippines. Follow them on Twitter @baltarle for latest news and updates. The views expressed are their own.

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