Stephen Curry has played with Draymond Green since 2012 and has been coached by Steve Kerr since 2014. The Golden State Warriors superstar point guard has done countless mind-boggling things since linking up with Green and Kerr.
However, one play Curry pulled off against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 8, 2015, will always stick out to Green because of the reaction he and Kerr had.
Draymond Green recalls his favorite Stephen Curry moment
Curry went behind the back with three Clippers around him, drifted to the 3-point line with his back turned to the basket, and quickly turned around to shoot a ridiculous 3-pointer. Both Green and Kerr couldn’t believe what they had witnessed. The former looked at Curry in astonishment, while the latter put his hands in the air in confusion when Steph shot the ball and then put them on his head in amazement when the ball went in.
Curry only had 12 points that game on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. However, that spectacular 3-pointer overshadowed his quiet day and is engraved in Green’s memory.
Curry, Green, and Kerr have had tremendous success on the Warriors. Along with Klay Thompson, Curry, Green, and Kerr are Golden State legends for everything they have accomplished in the Bay.
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr have won three rings
From 2014-15 to 2018-19, the Warriors won five Western Conference titles and three championships. Curry won MVP in 2015 and 2016, Green won Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, and Kerr won Coach of the Year in 2016.
In 2015-16, the Warriors made NBA history by winning 73 games in the regular season. However, they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, becoming the first team to do so. In the summer of 2016, the Warriors struck gold by signing Kevin Durant in free agency and won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
Since Durant has left the Warriors, though, Curry and Co. have missed the playoffs two years in a row. That trend will likely change this season since the Dubs are 22-5 through their first 27 games.
Once Thompson returns to the lineup from his Achilles tear, the Warriors could become the overwhelming favorite to win the championship since they are playing so well without their All-NBA guard. However, Curry, Green, and Kerr know that steps can’t be skipped better than anyone.
Warriors must use collapse from 2016 Finals as a reminder to stay the course
The media is in love with the Warriors again. The team is must-see television once more after back-to-back non-playoff seasons, and Curry could win his third MVP if he continues to play the way he’s producing.
This season is very reminiscent of the 2015-16 campaign when the Warriors went 73-9. As the leaders of the team, Curry, Green, and Kerr must make sure that players and coaches don’t get complacent. Even though it’s a long regular season, the mindset of trying to be the best each and every night must be there if the Warriors want to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to their facility.
It will be interesting to see how far Golden State goes this season. We can’t fully judge them until Thompson is back and has his legs underneath him, but so far, things are looking right for the Dubs.
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