Over the last decade, Stephen Curry has become one of the league’s best players while experiencing tremendous success with the Golden State Warriors. Curry helped guide the Warriors to five straight NBA Finals appearances, where the franchise won three championships. However, there is a lone regret from that run that he still can’t move past.
Stephen Curry’s Illustrious NBA career
Since entering the league, Stephen Curry has strung together an impressive NBA career that will land him in the Hall of Fame.
Beyond being widely considered the greatest shooter in league history, Curry has accomplished it all. He’s garnered a pair of MVP awards, seven All-Star Game selections, six All-NBA Team nods (three first, two seconds, one third), and won three NBA titles.
He will also finish his career as the all-time leader in 3-pointers made and hold the all-time career points mark in Warriors history. All of these accolades will make an undeniable case for his first-ballot Hall of Fame bid.
Curry experienced his struggles with injuries early in his career but has moved past those issues to become one of the league’s greatest talents. However, there remains a singular moment during the Warriors’ championship run that he still regrets.
Stephen Curry holds one regret from the Warriors’ championship run
During his time with the Warriors, Stephen Curry has experienced both the highs and lows.
Curry was a critical piece toward guiding the franchise to five straight NBA Finals appearances, where Golden State won three championships but fell twice in a disappointing fashion. The two-time league MVP has experienced some challenging moments in those losses.
However, a singular instance sticks out that he can’t move past as his lone regret. It wasn’t his missed shot in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA FInals that would have pushed the series to Game 7. It also wasn’t his missed 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals that would have tied the game at 92.
According to The New York Times, Curry pinpointed another decision in that same game that he wishes he could take back his attempted behind-the-back pass.
“The only regret I do have is the behind-the-back pass I threw in 2016 in Game 7,” Curry said. “That’s literally the only regret I have in terms of how I’ve played, and that comes with wins and losses, right? I’m cool.”
The turnover came with just over five minutes left in the game, with the Warriors leading 87-86. Although it didn’t change the outcome of the contest, every possession that late in the fourth quarter can tilt things in either direction.
It was an uncharacteristic play from Curry that, at that moment, cost his team a chance to score. That was especially important given that the two teams combined for eight points in the final five minutes.
Curry will always hold that lone regret, but he hasn’t let it define him or change his playing style.
Future remains bright in a different way
Since the Warriors’ last NBA Finals appearance in 2019, the team has taken a much different route.
Kevin Durant’s departure in free agency coupled with key injuries and mass roster turnover has changed the franchise’s outlook. Through that all, Stephen Curry remains playing at an elite level behind his MVP-caliber 2020-21 campaign.
Curry’s play has been critical in guiding the franchise into the playoff picture and maintaining a promising future ahead. The 33-year-old is still the centerpiece that the organization wants to build around over the next several years.
Time will tell if the Warriors can provide him an opportunity to get back into title contention.