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Steph Curry reveals lone regret during his entire Warriors career

Steph Curry reveals lone regret during his entire Warriors career

Steph Curry has played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Warriors. He's won three NBA Finals and lost the title twice. He's felt triumph and heartache. 

All and all, Curry only has one regret.

It wasn't his missed shot in Game 6 of this year's Finals that would have given the Warriors a win and kept their season alive. It wasn't even his missed shot in the final minute of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals that would have tied it the game at 92 and possibly prevented Golden State from blowing a three-games-to-one series lead. 

Instead, it's a play from earlier in that same exact game. 

“The only regret I do have is the behind-the-back pass I threw in 2016 in Game 7,” Curry said to the New York Times' Sopan Deb in a feature that was released Friday. “That’s literally the only regret I have in terms of how I’ve played, and that comes with wins and losses, right? I’m cool.”

The regret is clear as day from Curry and his intended target, Klay Thompson. Cleveland beat Golden State, 92-89, in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals to complete their historic comeback and win the title. Curry's ill-timed pass came with just over five minutes left and the Warriors leading, 87-86. 

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It's a mistake that Curry will never forget, though he should never change his style of play. Taking risks is one of the ingredients that have made Curry who he is, which is one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

Cavs hire Cal women's head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

Cavs hire Cal women's head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Cal women's basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant coach, the Cavs announced on Wednesday.

“Lindsay Gottlieb will be a great addition to Coach Beilein’s and Coach Bickerstaff’s group," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said. "She has an extensive track record of success and growth with her teams and players and has also been a strong culture-driver as a core part of that,” said Altman. “The more we researched and got to know Lindsay, the more we came to understand that she would be an impactful part of where we want to go as a team. Coach Gottlieb brings a depth of basketball knowledge, leadership, perspective and approach to her craft that will fit very well with our team and staff alike. We’re fortunate that she was willing to leave her role as Head Coach at such a solid and successful program at Cal.”

Gottlieb's impressive résumé includes eight years as the University of California, Berkeley women's basketball head coach where she led the Golden Bears to an overall 179-89 record. Those 179 wins are the second-most by any head coach in Cal women's basketball history. She also led Cal to seven overall NCAA tournament appearances, which included the program's first-ever Elite Eight and Final Four appearances in 2013.

She was just the seventh NCAA women's coach to reach the Final Four within the first two seasons leading a program. 

She also holds over ten years of Division I head coaching experience with Cal and UC Santa Barbara, where she led the Gauchos to two Big West Championships. Gottlieb was also named Big West Coach of the Year in 2009.

“I am very thankful, proud and excited to be joining the Cavaliers as an Assistant Coach. After meeting with Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and a team I wanted to dedicate myself to,” Gottlieb said. “While this move provided a unique and special chance to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women’s college basketball to the NBA, it was really about being part of building and growing something special and adding value to a team and organization that is focused on doing things in a way that I believe strongly in.”

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Gottlieb has also been a frequent visitor to Warriors practices as a guest of general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.

She joins San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach Becky Hammon as the second woman to actively hold coaching duties in the NBA. Wojnarowski reports that Gottlieb is believed to be the eighth woman to hold either an assistant coaching or player development role for an NBA team.

Draymond Green now one technical foul away from automatic suspension

Draymond Green now one technical foul away from automatic suspension

Don't expect Draymond Green to say much to the officials during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Green picked up his sixth technical foul of the playoffs during the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, leaving him one away from an automatic suspension. If he were to be assessed another technical Thursday, he would be ineligible to play in a winner-take-all Game 7, if the Warriors are able to force it.

Back in 2016, Green was given an automatic one-game suspension for flagrant foul accumulation, which played a critical role in the Cleveland Cavaliers erasing a three-games-to-one Finals deficit on their way to the championship. That is perhaps the biggest reason why the Warriors aren't currently going for their fifth consecutive league title.

As such, Green knows how indispensable he is to the Warriors' success, particularly after Kevin Durant was lost to an Achilles injury Monday night.

Green has proven he has the ability to toe the line when it comes to his tendency to pick up technical fouls for often riding the officials too hard. Back on March 24 in a controversial overtime loss to the Timberwolves, Green was assessed his 15th technical foul of the regular season, leaving him one short of an automatic one-game suspension.

That suspension never occurred, as Green played out the remainder of the regular season without being assessed another technical. He did the same sort of thing the season prior, too.

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So, Green will have to keep his emotions in check when Game 6 -- the final game ever at Oracle Arena -- tips off. Because if the already-short-handed Warriors manage to force a Game 7, they're going to need him.