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Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. They have seen the game evolve in front of their very own eyes, and no player was more responsible for that transition than the greatest shooter ever.

But Curry's career isn't over yet. Not even close. And as things currently stand, even he wouldn't include himself in his all-time starting five.

On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal? Safe to say that squad would be tough to beat. Of course, if there's one thing that the five-man unit is lacking, it's probably a lack of perimeter shooting. Maybe that's how Curry eventually fits in.

It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list. Of course, if reported rivalries are to be believed, perhaps that explains the omission. Same goes for Kevin Durant, who recently left Curry out of his top-six hardest players to guard in the league. Are these sour grapes being thrown back and forth?

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It's certainly possible in the modern NBA, but a far more likely explanation is that James and Durant, like Curry, aren't finished yet.

Magic Johnson says Luke Walton wasn't a championship coach with Lakers

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Magic Johnson says Luke Walton wasn't a championship coach with Lakers

When Luke Walton was hired as head coach of the Lakers in April of 2016, he was expected to lead the storied franchise back to prominence.

Walton had just spent two seasons as an assistant on Steve Kerr's coaching staff with the Warriors and guided the defending champs to a 39-4 record while Kerr dealt with side effects from offseason back surgery.

But Walton never had success in Los Angeles. His high-water mark during his three years was 37 wins last season, and he was fired after the season.

Magic Johnson, who unexpectedly quit as president of basketball operations for the Lakers on April 9, went on FS1's "Undisputed" and was asked if there was anything owner Jeanie Buss could have done differently to keep Johnson in the fold.

"If I could have just made the calls that I wanted to make," Johnson said. "Luke was not ready at that time. But I'm happy for him. He went to Sacramento. He's going to do a great job. Sometimes, you get fired and you do a better job. I know there was conflict. It was tough. Look, he's an ex-Laker, I'm an ex-Laker, and [Jeanie] loves both of us to death. But hey, she made a call, I made a decision and now we gotta move on."

That wasn't the only shade Johnson threw Walton's way. When talking about his decision to quit, the Hall of Famer said he didn't believe Walton was the right coach for the Lakers.

"I went home and for two nights, I couldn't sleep," Johnson said. "I said 'Earvin, what are you doing?' You're putting her a tough position and I looked up and I said 'I really don't need this.' I said 'I'm here for the right reasons, but I don't need it.' So let me step aside, let her go back to making the decisions, not being a tough position because she likes me and likes Luke.

"I'm sure she's had some sleepless nights as well because I was putting pressure on her, you know, 'We gotta make this move,' and we're trying to win the championship and I don't think he was a championship coach."

Those are damning words from someone like Johnson, who is an NBA icon.

But the Kings are hoping Walton makes Johnson eat his words. They hired the 39-year-old as their new coach almost as soon as the Lakers fired him, and Sacramento expects to go places with this new partnership.

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With a young core anchored by De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley and Harrison Barnes, the Kings feel Walton is the guy to lead the franchise back to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

If Walton isn't a championship coach as Johnson believes, the Kings have a problem on their hands.

Magic Johnson details why Michael Jordan said Steph Curry no Hall of Famer yet

Magic Johnson details why Michael Jordan said Steph Curry no Hall of Famer yet

On Monday morning, NBA legend Michael Jordan was a guest on NBC's morning talk show, "Today."

After he said that he still would pick Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy as his four teammates to face any five-man lineup in NBA history, reporter Craig Melvin said:

"So Steph Curry shouldn't be offended when he watches this?"

Jordan's response: "I hope not. He's still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet, though ... he's not."

This comment set the Internet ablaze Monday night and resulted in a lot of people coming to the defense of the Warriors' superstar point guard.

On Tuesday morning, the world was delivered a gift in the form of a tweet from the aforementioned Magic Johnson:

Just perfect, and don't forget that Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets -- Curry's hometown team.

In August 2017 -- four months after the Lakers received a warning from the NBA for comments made by Magic about then-Pacers forward Paul George -- the team was fined $500,000 for tampering after a conversation between general manager Rob Pelinka and Aaron Mintz, George's agent.

The Lakers received another $50,000 fine in Feb. 2018 after Magic's comments praising Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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When Magic abruptly resigned as the Lakers' president of basketball operations in April, he mentioned that he wanted to be able to tweet and comment freely without repercussions. 

It looks like he's living out his dream, and also is spot on with his take on Curry and the Hall of Fame.

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