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Walt Frazier Doesn’t Believe Steph Curry Can Sustain This Level Of Play Past This Year
Former New York Knicks player & current Knicks color commentator just added his name to the list of former players who have something to say about Steph Curry and the NBA as it is today. The ‘Back in my day’crowd don’t take naps apparently.
Hall of famer Walt Frazier was a guest on Mike & Mike and he had this to say about Golden State Warriors G Stephen Curry:
There’s no comparison because of the 3-ball, man. Former players, 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 believes Curry would struggle a lot if there was three-point line:
Yeah, but it would be a little more difficult because now you have to use penetration. You can’t handcheck these guys anymore. But now if you’re looking for twos, you can be a little more physical than threes, because threes, guys are just hanging out behind the arc…
This is the other thing guys — my forte was defense … any phenomenal player, I had to guard that guy. So when I’m guarding these guys, I’m trying to take away what they do best. So today, if I’m guarding Curry, he might have 25 2s on me, but he’s not gonna have 13 3s because I’m gonna be forcing him inside of the arc.
So this is what the former players are saying: How do you let a guy continue to do what he does, and you know what he’s trying to do is make the 3-point shot?
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.