Scottie Pippen thinks Stephen Curry sacrificing for Kevin Durant has historical relevance
Winning three championships in the last four years, the Golden State Warriors have a bevy of All-Stars in their prime. Former Chicago Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen believes that Stephen Curry sacrificing for Kevin Durant has historical relevance in terms of individual greatness and team camaraderie.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst wrote about Curry’s body of work, plus his willingness to let his teammates bask in the limelight.
“His willingness to sacrifice for KD is one of the great stories in history,” six-time champion Scottie Pippen said. “If you have a mind for the game, you know that it takes sacrifice to be great. All the greats have to sacrifice something. Otherwise you can’t win.”
“When the ball hit Jordan’s hands, it was to go and score. He won scoring the ball. For me, that meant I didn’t get to shoot as much. But I don’t think that knocked my greatness back. For Steph, he’s given up a seat for KD. But it doesn’t make him any less great. He should be looked at as one of the greatest guards the game has ever seen.”
Watching the Warriors move the ball on offense is truly a thing of beauty. But what people don’t see with their naked eyes is how Curry has been sacrificing individual accolades to give his team the best chance to win.
If you look at it on paper, it’s still bewildering how Curry, arguably the Warriors’ best player, has not won a Finals MVP in their previous three championships. Still, it’s not a knock on Curry’s game. It is a result of the Warriors’ unselfish brand of play.
Pippen, a six-time NBA champion, knows a great player when he sees one. Curry is surely a Hall of Famer by now, and his influence on the game will forever be etched on the list of the greatest players to ever play in the league.