By Kaylee Bolson | @westanwinner/@kayleebolson and Valerie Lopez | @valschwarie
Wonder what it’s like to be a successful fan? Ask NCT Dream’s Chenle, a proud fan of the Golden State Warriors and member of Dub Nation. He expressed love for his favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, and his favorite player, Stephen Curry, on multiple occasions, garnering attention from the team and Curry each time! On May 15, the National Basketball Association (NBA) posted their Q&A session with Chenle about his love for Curry and teased the release of Chenle’s playlist for the Golden State Warriors ahead of their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on May 16.
"(Steph) always gives his all during every game, and I always see him trying to improve his game both on and off the court. That's inspiring."
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 15, 2021
Chenle’s NBA Website Debut
In Chenle’s Q&A, Chenle discussed his love for basketball, NCT Dream’s recent 맛 (Hot Sauce) album, and plans for the future.
Chenle explained that he first got into Stephen Curry in 2016 after he watched the Warriors face Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC). He was inspired by the Dubs’ teamwork and was in awe of Curry’s ability to pull off each “amazing play after amazing play.” Chenle shared that he views Curry as a role model for his incredible skills and character on and off the court. He cited that Curry was always striving to do his best and made time for his family as examples.
Chenle stated that he is looking forward to the day he can perform “맛 (Hot Sauce)” in front of fans and was excited to see that NCT Dream’s album was finally out after months of hard work. His personal favorite song from the album is “Rainbow.”
“Once things get better—I want to perform in front of our fans, go visit the CHASE Center and watch a Warriors home game… And maybe even meet Steph and become friends. I got to go watch the game in Shanghai in person in October 2017, and that was one of the happiest moments of my life. Even just the thought of possibly going to a Warriors home game makes me so excited,” Chenle shared.
In addition to meeting fans and watching the Dubs play, Chenle expressed his desire as a huge fan to collaborate with British singer Ed Sheeran.
Chenle showed excitement for the feature on his personal Weibo account.
“woah i’m really so so happy. it’s such a honor to be on tomorrow’s Dub Nation Playlist 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 i’m so happy to be able to share my fanboying story with everyone😂😂 see you tomorrowㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ! looking forward to tomorrow match as well!!😜😜😜— pic.twitter.com/yr82bTslKm
— 뀨💘 (@renminrise) May 16, 2021
Chenle’s Playlist for the Golden State Warriors
On May 16, the “Dub Nation Playlist” was dropped, featuring songs that Chenle hand-picked. Chenle’s Spotify playlist is composed of songs by NCT, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, Lauv, and Shawn Mendes.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 16, 2021
Chenle on the “Dub Hub”
On the LYSN Bubble platform for K-pop artists to communicate with fans, Chenle posted a screenshot of his appearance on the screen behind Curry. Chenle said that he participated in the video call for the game.
210516 NCT DREAM #CHENLE at NBA's game Warriors VS Grizzlies at Chase Center, San Francisco, USA
— NCT DREAM CENTER (@NCTDREAMCENTER) May 17, 2021
Some NCTzens watched the game and spotted Chenle.
this makes me so happy fjdkkf pic.twitter.com/x4B3dmZr5j
— mika 🐶🌶 (@puppiejeno) May 17, 2021
The Warriors also posted a video of their on-call audience, which had both Chenle and Mark doing the infamous “sseuka dance” from their “맛 (Hot Sauce)” choreography.
Had some special guests tonight in the Dub Hub!
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 17, 2021
A Hot Response on Social Media
Fans showed excitement for Chenle’s accomplishments as a fan of Curry.
From mark helping chenle tweet to stephen curry, to sending him a letter, then a video message, getting a response, chenle being included in dub hub’s playlist and now a shoutout to both of them on the golden state warrior’s official account they are successful fanboys ✨ https://t.co/peg3Uf1aKR pic.twitter.com/ucKQc2KZsG
— 𝓀𝓌𝒾𝓃𝑔𓍼𓍯 (@aintkring) May 17, 2021
chenle really went from updating basketball games in the nct twitter to being oomfs and interacting with stephen curry to getting his very own golden state warriors jersey to now getting his own nba article… i'm so proud of him it makes me happy seeing his journey as a fan 🥺 pic.twitter.com/d7TkuvKGl5
— 😼🎶⭐️ (@liebchenle) May 16, 2021
mark: wait if stephen curry really calls you though? i'll be in the video too
chenle: of course. you should help me.
IT REALLY CAME TRUE TODAY 😭pic.twitter.com/UmPzm5d0Jh
— M (@DiorMarkLy) May 17, 2021
manifesting REAL chenle curry selca this year 🤲🏻 pic.twitter.com/s4R6u4NW2h
— liaa ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ WANT CHENLE BERET PC 🌶 (@lelerollin) May 16, 2021
OMYGOD MY SON JUST GOT INTERVIEWED BY NBA AND BY HIS FAVORITE TEAM AND EVEN MADE A PLAYLIST FOR THE WHOLE DUB NATION YOU DON'T KNOW HOW PROUD I AM! CONGRATS CHENLE 😭🤍 https://t.co/zgRSvKRmKp
— ej 🤍 (@god_najaem) May 16, 2021
Some NCTzens even related to Chenle’s experiences as a member of Dub Nation.
chenle trying to make the dreamies watch stephen curry is me trying to make my sisters watch nct dream
— moji 🍉 (@mojimojilee) May 11, 2021
if chenle was a kpop stan he'd definitely be one of those oomfs that gets into fancalls i mean look at him with STEPHEN CURRY pic.twitter.com/SaZEOSisI8
— eunice (@sunjsuh) May 17, 2021
chenle sending us bubble messages like "AY BESTIES GUESS WHO GOT INTO STEPHEN CURRY'S ONLINE EVENT"
— sully🍊 (@badasschenle) May 16, 2021
Other fans made jokes about the experience.
CHENLE GOT INTO STEPHEN CURRY’S BEYOND LIVE pic.twitter.com/HvPkCGQEy8
— jasmine (@babiedontstop) May 16, 2021
when chenle wins a fansign with stephen curry and asks him to do aegyo and meow https://t.co/yLvLPM7AYB
— isa 🧃 (@lovagen) May 16, 2021
yangyang on his way to chenle’s house to join steph curry’s live pic.twitter.com/DYxJGZcPoA
— 🌶🔥 (@VISlONBABE) May 17, 2021
chenle has 2 jobs: one being a full time job as a warrior fan/stephen curry fan and being an idol is his part-time job
— sully🍊 (@badasschenle) May 16, 2021
Some fans took note of Chenle’s music choices for the Spotify playlist that he curated.
chenle’s playlist goes from 127’s cherry bomb to perfect by ed sheeran 😭😭 https://t.co/vOIqSdLc0N
— rey 🙂 taeyong come home (@nomoreeggstofry) May 17, 2021
chase center has released chenle's special spotify playlist for dub nation !!! i can only say that the songs are very… chenle 😁👍
don't forget to check it out ^_^
— 😼🎶⭐️ (@liebchenle) May 16, 2021
— maxx 🧘🏻♀️•🌶 (@nctwea) May 16, 2021
Chenle’s Past with Curry and the Dubs
Prior to his exclusive interview and playlist for the Golden State Warriors, Chenle had multiple encounters with the team as a fan for six years. Chenle has shown NCTzens his love for Curry in various ways, including selfies in Golden State Warriors jerseys and mentions in YouTube videos.
In 2018, Chenle expressed his love for Curry and showed off his basketball skills in a video he posted on Twitter and mentioned Curry in the hashtags. Later that year, Chenle posted a picture next to a Golden State Warriors bear before their concert performance.
— NCT DREAM (@NCTsmtown_DREAM) December 1, 2018
In 2019, Chenle wished Curry a happy birthday with a selfie. The following year, NCT Mark and Johnny hosted a three-episode YouTube show called “Help! JOHNNY MARKY,” where they taught Chenle how to get recognized by his favorite basketball player. As a project for the show, he tweeted a message to Curry and called him the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) in response to a post the Warriors made. After the short series, Curry tweeted Chenle in early August, inviting him to see the Golden State Warriors once the situation in the world improved. Curry also mentioned Chenle’s personal Weibo account.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 7, 2020
Earlier this year on February 7, Chenle posted a video to thank the Golden State Warriors for gifting him a signed jersey.
These are only a fraction of the times Chenle has shown his love for basketball, Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors team. While Chenle has certainly proven to be a successful fan, NCTzens hope for more of these heartwarming moments between Chenle and Curry.
Check out our latest article on NCT Dream’s record-breaking album here!
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