The Golden State Warriors, at least collectively, had a good night against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Golden State crushed the LeBron-less Lakers. Klay Thompson tied an NBA record. DeMarcus Cousins got more than 20 minutes on the floor as his comeback continues.
Steph Curry, however, had one pretty low moment. Curry had one of the most embarrassing 10 seconds of his career when he slipped during what was supposed to become a dunk attempt, then airballed a three after he recovered and got to his feet. In a blowout win it was a moment of levity, and on Tuesday night, when Curry appeared on the Late Late Show, it was something to ruthlessly make fun of.
“It gave me hope,” James Corden said, as he played the replay of the slip and airball. The show smartly kept a camera on Curry as he watched along with the rest of the audience, which got a kick out of both gaffes from the NBA superstar.
Curry had already offered a joking response on Tuesday, essentially saying divine intervention played a role in the incident. But this time, Curry actually offered a more logical explanation for the slip.
“The LA Kings had a game right before us and they must not have put the floor back on top of the ice all the way because there was a little wet spot,” Curry said.
Curry said he was “about to do something crazy” like a 360 dunk, but it was all for naught. It was a nice moment of levity from Curry, though he was blaming an anonymous crew working at Staples Center for making a mistake. Which is probably why comedian Ron Funches, who was also on the Late Late Show on Tuesday, had a question for Curry.
“Can I ask a question,” Funches said. “How does the ice explain the airball?”
The got the loudest laugh of the segment, and even Curry had to admit it was a good point though he tried to explain it away by saying he was still “dizzy” from the fall. The roasting then continued.
“I want to say thank you,” Funches said. “As far as people who cannot play basketball. I went to a school that was mostly white where they assumed that I could. So I let them all down.”
Funches did make a point to compliment Curry to finis the segment, though.
“Normally when I watch you I think, ooooh, you shooting the three-pointer is the closest I will ever get to doing heroin,” Funches said. “You are that good. So for you to make a mistake, I just want to say thank you.”