Now Another Hall-Of-Famer Is Dissing Stephen Curry
Walt Frazier was a seven-time All-Star in his 14-year NBA career, and led the Knicks to their only two league championships. So he'll always have a place in the hearts of NY fans (fun fact: people tend to forget that he played the final three seasons of his career for the Cavaliers). He's worn suits that you cannot unsee, but he remains as one of the greatest point guards ever.
But Frazier retired in 1980 -- considered the Jurassic Period on the NBA evolutionary scale. For one thing, there was no 3-point line in his time. So because of that, Clyde feels justified in saying that Stephen Curry is not as great as people are making him out to be.
Frazier, on Mike & Mike on Thursday:
“There’s no comparison because of the 3-ball, man. I never had an opportunity for the 3-ball. If there was no 3-ball shot, would we be talking about the greatness of Curry today? What has made him great is his ability, uncanny ability, to shoot from 30 feet, 35 feet, the accuracy that he has shown in making that particular shot.”
Frazier is right about one thing: There is no comparison. Trying to rank players from different eras is pointless. Yet he proceeded to do just that. Frazier then went on to say that there's no way Curry can keep playing at his current level.
“To me, this is where Curry is. He’s having that phenomenal season, a signature season, but is he gonna do this for the next five years? I don’t really think so. So I don’t know if he’ll ever reach this level again. So this is what he’s doing now, maybe they won’t be able to stop him this year, but they’ll have to find a way to contain this guy like they’ve done Kobe, like they’re doing LeBron, like they’ve done all the other superstars in the league.”
If there were no 3-pointers, would we be talking about the greatness of Curry today? Possibly. Probably. But remember, Walt, that you played in a time when a 6-foot-9 center was considered a giant. The game evolves -- it's a living thing. Curry grew up shooting the 3, and knowing it was part of the game, developed his shooting style accordingly. "What ifs" are useless.
Would Walt Frazier have been as good if the key was still as thin as your arm and the game was dominated by big men? Or how about if they still used peach baskets, and an attendant had to remove the ball from the basket each time someone scored? How about if the NBA frowned on the participation of black players? You can't impose old rules on current times.
Curry is the greatest shooter of his time, and possibly the greatest player of his generation. And frankly this naked jealousy from old-school greats like Frazier and Oscar Robertson is a little embarrassing.
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