Stephen Curry has been on a tear this season as the Golden State Warriors continue to take on all comers. The 2015 MVP has somehow improved on his ring-winning season and looks a dead certainty to retain his crown as the league's best player.
However, not everyone is impressed with what the Ohio native is achieving; most notably a cluster of legends and ex-players who have spoken out to try and dimish what the Warriors number 30 has been doing for the past two seasons.
Isiah Thomas, Cedric Ceballos, and Oscar Robertson have spoken out recently. However, a Hall of Famer has come out in support of Curry and his super-human shooting.
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Reggie Miller believes it is time for the older generations to embrace what the point guard is achieving on a nightly basis as the game has moved on from when they were players.
As per USA Today, he said: “As old time guys and former players, we have to embrace change. It’s hard for old players to embrace change because whether you played in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, [we all had] different rules. Basketball has evolved and it has changed. Change is good and we’ve got to embrace Steph and what he’s doing."
And the Indiana Pacers legend believes he knows why so many ex-professional resent Curry: “They couldn’t do it. It’s just that simple. That’s why we shooters are not mad at him.”
Miller also went on to talk about the comparison between the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, insisting that Michael Jordan's legacy would not be dented if the Warriors achieved history.
“You’ve got a team that shoots a lot of threes that’s almost as brash as those Bulls teams and we don’t want to accept that. We’ve got to let that go.
"We don’t want to let go of Michael Jordan. It’s okay! He will still be great. We will still view him and that team as the greatest ever. It’s just that there’s a new kid on the block."
But despite jumping to the defence of Curry, the TNT commentator was under no illusions that the media had a role to play in creating the visible discontent between some of the ex-players and the current MVP.
“It’s not fair to put a microphone in front of Oscar Robertson and ask him, ‘Well, how do you think you would have fared against Steph?’ What made Isiah [Thomas], Oscar, Magic [Johnson] Hall of Famers was their competitive edge. It’s not fair to ask, ‘Do you think you could stop Steph?’ So when they ask me, am I going to say, ‘No, I can’t shoot it against Steph?'”