Stephen Curry thinks that Golden State ruining the NBA is the ‘dumbest phrase ever’
Stephen Curry is sick and tired about pundits and fans claiming his Golden State Warriors are ruining the NBA, and has no problem dispelling the myth, and relishing the villain narrative that has surrounded them through the past few years.
“So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever,” said Curry, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. “We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice.”
The Warriors were a feel-good championship story in 2015 — a rookie head coach in Steve Kerr, three draft products in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Curry, and a starting-caliber player in Andre Iguodala relinquishing a starting position for the good of the team, only to be named Finals MVP.
But breaking the all-time wins record in a season — originally set by the beloved Chicago Bulls 20 years before — put them in the category of villains.
“Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us,” said Curry. “That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going and that type of stuff.”
The Warriors are playing under the same rules as every other team in the league, and the fact that players (despite the backlash) are gravitating toward signing with them and taking considerably less money to join them should speak of an admirable organizational foundation, not one to blast with the excuse of parity in the league.