Stephen Curry hits back at a hilarious ‘one-dimensional’ comment made by a former NBA player

Stephen Curry hits back at a hilarious ‘one-dimensional’ comment made by a former NBA player

It’s not really accurate to say that Stephen Curry is disrespected by his peers or the media or even random idiots on Twitter. He used to be sure. It seems for a long time that many people will simply accept, without qualification, its universal status. But there is still some residual ridiculousness hanging around. The most recent example comes from former NBA player Mike James.

If you don’t remember, James logged 49 career NBA games with the Suns, Pelicans and Nets over the 2017-18 and 2020-21 seasons, although he plays in Europe these days. On a recent episode of the Players Choice podcast, James named his top five players in the league: Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Luka Doncic. You’ll notice Curry missing.

That is not the problem. Reasonable minds can disagree as it relates to the top five players in an extremely talented league right now. James’ reasoning for leaving Curry was so tired and wrong.

“Steph, how he plays and how he gets things done, he’s kinda one-dimensional sometimes,” James said. “He’s not quite the primary ball-handler, and as a point guard that bothers me.”

“I think those other five can do whatever they want on any team in the world right now,” James said. “I don’t know about that for Steph. It’s a little murky for Steph … If you put him in Minnesota, he would still kill, but I don’t know if it would be the same.”

Here we are again. Steph is just Steph because of the Warriors system. It’s so ridiculous it hardly needs a response, but it’s a quiet weekend in early August and I don’t have much else to write about. Even funnier than the one-dimensional tag James is trying to put on Curry. Not being the primary ball-handler, which James points out, is exactly what makes him NOT one-dimensional.

Never, in the history of basketball, has there been a more lethal scorer in terms of ability on and off the ball. Ever. Not even close. If you want to say Luka Doncic is better than Curry, fine, but don’t chalk it up to the one-dimensional thing. Luka ONLY knows how to play with the ball in his hands. Have him start running around screens and shoot threes from the catch and see how effective he is.

Curry is a three-level scorer. He is lights out on the edge, in the medium short and long range and it is clear from 3. He can score from the dribble, from the catch, in transition, and yes, alone, that basketball players will be enamored with him until the end of the year. time — 71 percent of Curry’s buckets in these last NBA Finals were unassisted.

Curry is a world-class ball-handler, someone who has magic to walk with — while keeping his freewheeling instincts in check — a great screener, and a plus defender. Yes, I said it. He is a plus defender; but if you want to do the “Curry is a product of the warriors’ system and the players around him” at least do it because of the defensive side.

Trying to deny or question or qualify anything Curry does on offense is a bad look. And I love exactly what Curry noticed. At his annual Curry camp, he was asked how some of his campers would fare against him in a 1-on-1 game.

“Oh, it’s bad for them,” Curry said. “All bad for them, even as one-dimensional as I am.” There was a brief beat of silence, and then Curry couldn’t contain his laughter. “Sorry, I’m Petty. I’m so Petty! Keep going, I like that one a lot.”

Again, I love this. It’s fun, yes, but it shows the endless search for inspiration from a man who has nothing left to prove. Guys like Curry, who have been counted out at no point in their lives, no matter how high they end up rising, never lose the chip on their shoulder. That’s how they stay on top for so long.

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