When things go bad, there’s a saying that hindsight is 20/20. People tend to look back at what could have been when things go wrong.
This is not the case with the Golden State Warriors. Having just won another title, they have now won four titles in the last eight seasons, a feat that is spectacular in any professional sport.
Steph Curry got off to a slow start to his early seasons due to the myriad ankle injuries he sustained.
Earlier last month, Curry spoke to Green about his career on The Draymond Green Show, touching on the point when he signed his $44 million four-year extension in 2012.
“We signed arguably the best deal in NBA history in terms of everything he’s given us over the next four years,” Curry said with a laugh. “It was a blessing in disguise.”
It was indeed a blessing as his team-friendly contract allowed the team to keep all of their stars and make maneuvers that allowed them to fight. Curry’s rise to an MVP-level player after overtime further extended the Warriors window to remain competitive. Kevin Durant could never have signed with the Dubs if Curry hadn’t signed his cheap extension back in 2014.
As we know, curry is not built like most people. Many would be upset at the amount of money he lost earlier in his career.
“Let’s keep it straight here: $44 million over four years. More money than my pops ever made in the league because I’d been in the league for 16 years watching my dad play,” he said on The Draymond Green Show [H/T to Insider]. “I know how far the league has grown [since] when he was playing. That’s good money. support my family Have a lot of security. I just want to be healthy. Let’s just focus on that, not what you’re leaving on the table.”
Curry is a good point here. While $44 million in the league isn’t considered a lot for a star, it’s still a lot of money for most people, including any player in the league who played over a decade ago. Keeping things in perspective was crucial for Curry, and it helped him develop a mindset to not always go for the biggest pot, but to see what other opportunities and options short-term sacrifices might lead to.
Curry admitted that this “back on yourself” mindset helped him leave Nike and join Under Armour. He wanted to build something from the ground up and see what he could do to cultivate and build something from the ground up.
It worked out for the best shooter in history as Curry probably doesn’t think twice about that first extension he signed early in his career.
Just last season, Curry bagged over $45 million and will continue to soar every year thereafter. After signing a four-year extension worth more than $215 million this past offseason, he will make nearly $60 million by the age of 37, according to Spotrac.
Combined with his humble attitude and wit, Curry is a unique star who is a generational talent. Not many superstars will be willing to swallow their ego and play with other stars or have a personality that’s super adaptable to play with others.