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. However, something went terribly wrong Monday night inside the Staples Center that will never be forgotten.
With 2 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, 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.
As Curry was getting ready to do something potentially crazy, his feet slipped out from under him and he crashed to the hardwood. So much for the dunk.
Then, 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 open space to do whatever he wanted, slipped on a dunk attempt, and then air-balled a 3-point shot.
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 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.”
— Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry
Curry, who scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists in the 130-111 win, will get another chance to show the world his dunking skills on a fast break. It just wasn’t in the cards on this night.