Stephen Curry has had the kind of success in the NBA that he probably couldn’t have even dreamed of when he was growing up. No one thought this young man coming into the league out of Davidson in 2009 was going to revolutionize the game and go down as one of the all-time greats but here we are!
Curry now has 4 titles to his name to go with 2 MVPs and that elusive Finals MVP which he finally won this year. It got the proverbial monkey off his back and there is no denying Curry’s greatness at this point. For all of his success on the court though, Curry revealed that one of his biggest regrets was playing in an NBA game in 2014.
Stephen Curry Reveals One Of The Biggest Regrets Of His Career
When players normally talk about their biggest regrets, it’s often along the lines of how they would have tried to have better relations with teammates or coaches but that’s not the case for Curry. He revealed during a recent interview that agreeing to play Game 5 of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 was one of his biggest regrets.
In 2014, the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was exposed as a vile racist in recordings published by TMZ, in the middle of the upstart Warriors’ playoff series against them. Curry privately discussed a unified player response with the Clippers star Chris Paul, twice, because Curry and his teammates wanted to walk off the court after the jump ball. But the Warriors ultimately deferred to their opponents’ protest of choice – the Clippers wore warmup shirts with the logo inside out, then discarded them at center court – and to the league commissioner’s lifetime ban of Sterling.
“One of my biggest regrets is not boycotting the game,” Curry told me. “That was a moment to leverage beyond anything we probably could have said.”
Boycotting the game would have sent a very strong statement but that was something unprecedented at the time so they decided against it in the end. Curry deeply regrets their decision to go ahead with the game and since then, we have seen actually seen the NBA postpone playoff games in response to protests from players.
The Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic in 2020 in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha and the league decided to postpone all the games that were to take place on that day in a show of solidarity. Curry has over the years been open to speaking on social justice issues and he wanted to speak up on the Brittney Griner situation recently as well but was told by the Joe Biden administration to not say anything about it.