Steph Curry has usurped the throne of being the greatest shooter of all-time over the past few years because of his indomitable play. Look up marksman in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Stephen Curry hoisting up a three from 40 feet as if he was partaking in target practice. His success has been something to marvel at. His playful demeanor intertwined with his boyish features has made him America’s darling. He can’t do anything wrong in the eyes of the American people. As for NBA legends, he’s walking on a very tight rope.
Oscar Robinson — who ostensibly created the triple double because of his endless ability to score, rebound, and pass — was critical of Curry. During an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, Robinson called out today’s coaches for their lame duck approach on defending Curry. “If I’ve got a guy who’s great shooting the ball outside, don’t you want to extend your defense out a little bit?” said the 77-year-old. “I just don’t think coaches today in basketball understand the game of basketball. They don’t know anything about defenses. They don’t know what people are doing on the court. They talk about analytical basketball and stuff like that.”
Robinson continued to take digs at the game and Curry by saying the following: “He’s shot well because of what’s going on in basketball today,” Robertson said. “In basketball today, it’s almost like if you can dunk or make a three-point shot, you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. After hearing about Oscar’s scathing comments, Steph decided to finally clap back at his detractors.
“It’s starting to get a little annoying just because it’s kind of unwarranted from across the board,” Curry said. “We have a very competent group, and we have fun when we’re out there on the floor, and it shows, obviously. After draining a 32-footer to win the game in a classic battle against the Oklahoma City Thunder last Saturday night, Curry silenced his critics with another dazzling performance. He scorched OKC for 46 points, and netted 12 three’s from distance. In addition, he broke the single-season record for the most three pointers made, a personal feat he accomplished last year.
Oscar isn’t the first one to take shots at Curry. 11-time NBA Champion and former Head Coach, Phil Jackson has been critical of Curry in the past. Recently, he compared him to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a talented shooter, but nowhere near the skill level of Curry.
With Steph on the cusp of a record season in terms of eclipsing the ’96 Bulls win total and notching another MVP, all eyes are on him and whether he can continue to rise to the occasion. SHARE with your friends.