While no one is going to shed a tear for the Golden State Warriors and their three most recent championships, things haven’t been too easy in the Bay Area recently. Thanks to a combination of injuries, player turnover, and general on-court struggles, the San Francisco squad sank to the bottom of the NBA standings. While 2020-21 will probably be a bit better, it won’t exactly be a walk in the park. Steph Curry, however, is doing his part to brighten Warriors fans’ spirits.
The Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry have thrived together
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Barring their 2019-20 season, the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most successful NBA organizations over the past decade. The franchise, however, hasn’t always been a fixture at the top of the standings.
At the end of the 1993-94 season, the Warriors made the playoffs but failed to make it past the first round; over the next 18 campaigns, they only qualified for the postseason once. Those fortunes, however, would eventually change.
In 2009, the Warriors drafted Steph Curry with the seventh-overall pick; the organization would then select Klay Thompson in 2011 and Draymond Green in 2012. While those players got Golden State back into the playoffs under Mark Jackson, things truly took off once Steve Kerr assumed head coaching duties.
The Warriors, of course, made five straight trips to the NBA Finals, taking home three championships. Along the way, Steph Curry grew from a skinny kid who could shoot the ball to a legitimate star. It seemed like Golden State had truly built something special.
A tough 2019-20 season
Sometimes all the planning in the world can’t overcome simple bad luck. The Golden State Warriors experienced that reality during the 2019-20 campaign.
The misfortune started before the previous season even ended, as Klay Thompson tore his ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals; that injury kept the guard sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season. To make matters worse, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston left Golden State during the offseason.
While that was shaping up to be a less than ideal situation, Steph Curry can usually shoot his way out of any situation. Just four games into the season, though, the guard broke his hand; he would only return for one game before COVID-19 forced the NBA to suspend play.
Unsurprisingly, that perfect storm sunk the Warriors to the bottom of the league standings. They finished the year 15-50, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13.
Steph Curry wants to pledge his future to the Golden State Warriors
While the Golden State Warriors did score James Wiseman with the second-overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft, their fortunes haven’t completely turned: Klay Thompson tore his Achilles tendon, knocking him out of action for another year. There is some good news in the Bay Area, though, thanks to Steph Curry.
While the guard’s contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season, he doesn’t have any thoughts about leaving Golden State. In fact, Curry and the team have already spoken about a potential extension.
“We have conversations,” Curry said, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Everything’s on the table right now. Everything I’ve talked about being a Warrior and what the future holds. Obviously [I’m] fully committed on what that is. And understanding I’ve got to do what’s right for me and the team and having those conversations. I feel blessed to be in that position where I can say that and truly believe that, so it’s a matter of just letting things play out the way they should and that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”
Curry also explained that he hopes to spend at least 16 total seasons in the association, matching the length of his father’s career. If possible, he’d like all of those with the Warriors.
“[Staying with Golden State is] a huge goal for sure,” the guard continued. “It’s an elite club of guys that you look at that have played with the same organization and been successful and achieved greatness in that respect. So that would be an awesome accomplishment.”
Since that fateful NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors have been stuck in a bit of a spiral. Having Steph Curry on the court—both for this year and, assuming things go well, at least eight more after that—can solve plenty of problems, though.