Warriors’ Andre Iguodala still in shock ESPN’s Max Kellerman called him more clutch than Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala discussed a variety of topics in an interview with The Breakfast Club of 105.3 Power Radio, and he was still in disbelief from a recent appearance on ESPN. Iguodala was shocked to hear Max Kellerman tell him he’s a more clutch player than teammate Stephen Curry, trying to keep his composure after such an inept statement:
“I was just on ESPN arguing with Max Kellerman and he was like, ‘I tell people all the time, you’re a more clutch player than Steph Curry.’ And I’m like, ‘Yo, you crazy. Are you crazy?’ He was like, ‘No, Steph doesn’t perform when it matters most.’
“I’m like, ‘The dude’s got three rings! He was a unanimous MVP. A two-time MVP.'”
This was one of the many outrageous statements Kellerman has made since taking over for Skip Bayless on ESPN’s staple morning show.
Curry is somehow still blatantly underrated, and no one knows that better than Iguodala, who has been hearing it for years. Iguodala even said analysts like Kellerman aren’t even the worst of Curry haters, but rather his own NBA peers:
“That goes back to when you have so much success, people are looking for ways to kind of break it up,” said Iguodala. “You know where I see it the most? The hate on Steph? It’s across the league, other players. It’s crazy.
“Not so much the younger players, but some of the older players that he came in and just kind of took their shine. Oh, they hate it, they hate it. They can’t take it.”
This was the same hate previous pieces on ESPN have showcased, including the relationship between Chris Paul and Curry, who was a constant presence in his basketball camp as a kid and one of his proteges coming up in the league, as they were both from the Winston-Salem/Charlotte area of North Carolina.
Paul’s attitude toward Curry visibly changed as he felt challenged in those early Clippers-Warriors playoff games, a competitive strife that turned into nastiness as Golden State suddenly took over the NBA world in 2014-15.
The same applies for others like Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James, who were caught off guard by his ascent to superstardom with that first MVP and NBA title.
That hate has yet to stop, and maybe it never will until their playing days are over.