Why Stephen Curry would’ve struggled if he played in the NBA in the ’90s
The Golden State Warriors may have lost the NBA Finals this year to the Cleveland Cavaliers after failing to close it out in three tries, but they still had the most wins in NBA regular season history with 73. Arguably, the biggest reason for the team’s success is the astounding play of their franchise player, Stephen Curry.
A debate has already started on whether or not he is an all-time great player. Many say it’s too early to tell, but if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that he’ll end up holding multiple NBA records. Aside from being a part of the 73-9 team, he also eclipsed his own record this past season for most three-pointers made in a year.
The chatter about Curry intensified recently as former NBA player Eldride Recasner went on Twitter and said this about the reigning back-to-back MVP:
No hate. Steph Curry is great. AMAZING skills but all that would stop with a Karl Malone type elbow to the head…. https://t.co/luh9uZWXvF
— Eldridge Recasner (@erecasner) May 20, 2016
Even NBA writers chimed in on the conversation and gave their thoughts:
@russbengtson How about we just hit him with a 2X4?
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 20, 2016
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 20, 2016
@ZachLowe_NBA "Sure he's good NOW, but what if we run him over with a bus?"
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) May 20, 2016
An article written by Jack More on GQ broke down why Steph would not survive playing in the physical NBA of the ’90s. While some of his points are valid, the others are reeking of sarcasm:
1. The aforementioned Karl Malone elbow probably would have done extreme damage to young Steph.
2. ’90s NBA offenses didn’t put an emphasis on the three-pointer, which would have marginalized Steph’s best skill.
3. Hand-checking being legal definitely would have hurt Steph’s game.
4. Playing in the league with Dell Curry might have been too weird for him and caused him to get too in his head to succeed. The father-son relationship is a complicated one at any age.
5. It probably would have been hard for Steph to play NBA-level basketball when he was only 5 years old.
6. Games would probably start after his bedtime, which would be a problem. As we’ve learned, rest is so important to NBA success. A sleepy Steph would have stood no chance at taking a charge from Isiah Thomas.
7. Locker rooms would probably be a little too raunchy for a 5-year-old. He’d be too scandalized by all the cursing to focus on being a competitor, which would allow Dennis Rodman to block almost all of his shots.
8. The cheerleaders would be a distraction for a kid deathly afraid of getting cooties, so Gary Payton could probably take him to the hole.
9. Balancing a full kindergarten schedule with the travel realities of the National Basketball Association would be too much for anybody. His coloring would suffer, but so would his ability to check Reggie Miller coming off a screen.
10. Any NBA team that signed him would be a laughingstock, seeing as he was a small child, and carrying that kind of pressure to prove people wrong would be too much for most 12-year-olds, let alone a kid who still rides a bike with training wheels.
11. The first time baby Steph put a Barney album on the locker-room speakers, Michael Jordan would have thrown a lit cigar at him.
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