Every single time Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry steps onto a basketball court, it feels like magic is about to happen. That's why he is a perennial NBA All-Star and makes enough money in one game to feed a few families if he wanted to. Since he broke into the NBA after becoming a shooting phenom at Davidson, Step Curry has changed the game of basketball forever. The all-time NBA leading in three-pointers is a force to be reckoned with whenever he steps on the court and is a big reason why the Golden State Warriors have been consistent NBA Finals participants over the last decade.
However, things can't always be magical and perfect for Steph, he is human after all. And that's what he showed us during the worst 10 seconds of his NBA career back in 2019.
With two minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter against the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers, Curry picked off a pass thrown by Kyle Kuzma, and absolutely no one was going to challenge him on the other end. Not in a 36-point game on TNT, anyway.
So, the 6-foot-3 point guard took one dribble before looking over his right shoulder and then another before looking over his left. The path was clear for the 3-point specialist to actually throw down a rare dunk, except it never happened.
Steph Curry Slip & Airball 3-Pointer
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As the Warriors star was getting ready to do something potentially crazy on the fast break, his feet slipped out from under him and he crashed to the hardwood. So much for the dunk.
This is also a tough look considering that Steph has his own signature shoe line with Under Armour. Not a great vote of confidence in your own shoe when the tread loses grip of the floor when you need it the most, huh? Hopefully, this didn't hurt sales too much.
After getting up immediately, he chased down the ball next to Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala, got it back, and heaved a corner 3-point attempt, something the marksman nails at a high clip. But he missed everything.
So in a matter of 10 seconds, Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion, stole the ball with plenty of time and enough space to do whatever he wanted, slipped on a dunk attempt, and then air-balled a three-pointer.
For all of the miraculous things he does with a basketball, it's safe to call this the worst 10 seconds of his basketball career. Or, at the very least, it's the funniest blooper because he thankfully did not get hurt when he fell.
"Back-to-back hilarious plays. It happens to the best of us... You see like a kid walk into a candy store with the whole half court empty. I was going to try something real nice that I haven't tried before. The Lord wouldn't let me do it."
Curry, who scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists in the 130-111 win against the Western Conference foe, would absolutely get another chance to show the world his dunking skills on a fast break. It just wasn't in the cards on this night.
You better believe Steph's teammates Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all gave him a hard time on the team's trip back to the Bay Area, too, because social media had a field day.
It just goes to show that even NBA MVPs and NBA Champions have their truly miserable moments as well. Celebrities, they're just like us.
A Steph Curry Highlight
After watching him lose his lunch money to a ghost, I'm starting to feel bad about clowning on Steph. However, while Jordan and Magic don't have much length to their blooper reels (although Jordan's entire Wizards career might qualify), Steph still has a real argument when discussing the NBA's GOAT squad. After all, Curry is the all-time three-point record holder.
Curry's assassin-like accuracy from beyond the arc has changed the NBA forever. A game that was once fought in the paint, with big bodied men dominating the game, Curry's deadly accuracy from downtown has stretched the floor and given the game the jolt of electricity it desperately needed. Now, the game has been turned on its head, all thanks to Wardell Stephen Curry.
This post was originally published on January 22, 2019 and has been updated since.
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