Stephen Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2012, which was seen as a gamble on the team's part at the time due to his ankle issues and is now the best contract in the NBA by a near absurd margin.
"I wish we could've paid Steph more," Bob Myers says with a grin.
"So we decided to bet on a couple of things," Myers explains. "We bet on who he is as a human being. We bet on his ability. We bet on the fact that he was the type of player who'd do everything within his power to come back and be smart and be diligent."
Curry changed his physical approach to the game after a series of ankle issues that helped make him the MVP.
"The ankle thing made him work smarter, to counteract him ever being put in that position again," Lacob says. "If he hadn't had it, maybe he wouldn't have the same core strength."
Adds Myers, nodding, "It made Steph what he is now."
Curry's ankle injuries and his reaction to them actually helped him have an extraordinary career.
"I think so," Curry matter-of-factly replies. "It definitely drove home my work ethic. Post-surgery, it's kept me driven about taking advantage of every day. There was a time when I was just worried about playing basketball, much less playing at a high level. Now I try to have as much fun out there as possible. You don't enjoy the surgery and the rehab process. But I enjoy how I came out of it, for sure."