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Steph Curry takes jab at Michael Jordan over Hall of Fame comment

Steph Curry takes jab at Michael Jordan over Hall of Fame comment

Steph Curry's got jokes.

The Warriors superstar recently was a guest on an episode of Sole Collector's digital show "Full Size Run" with Matthew Welty, and the two had the following exchange:

Welty: "Do you ever send shoes to any of your haters? Sign 'em and say, 'Here you go.'"

Curry: "Not yet. I might to have set up a little service like that though. Might have to send 'em to MJ (laughs)."

Zing!

Curry, of course, is referring to Michael Jordan, who last month said the two-time NBA MVP is a great player but, "not a Hall of Famer yet."

For days thereafter, people all across the basketball world offered their opinions on why the six-time NBA champion made that proclamation.

Magic Johnson provided the best explanation:

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This story probably will end here with Curry's joke, but you never know.

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How Michael Jordan helped end Warriors coach Steve Kerr's fear of failure

How Michael Jordan helped end Warriors coach Steve Kerr's fear of failure

Steve Kerr came to Chicago a journeyman and left a three-time NBA champion.

The current Warriors coach played for three teams during his first five seasons as a player, joining the Bulls during the first year of Michael Jordan's first retirement. Though Kerr had made two trips to the playoffs before arriving in Chicago, he said joining the Bulls after they had just won their first three of six titles under coach Phil Jackson made him grow up fast.

"If I hadn't gone to the Bulls, I would've just been another player who made the NBA -- which I would have been thrilled with," Kerr told Roger Bennett during "The Men In Blazers" special that aired Sunday on NBCSN. "I didn't even think that was possible. But going to the Bulls put the spotlight on me and our entire team, and then it put us in position to play games of importance.

"When you play games of importance, you find yourself tested like you've never been tested before. That's where I really learned lessons."

Kerr played in 78 playoff games over six seasons with the Bulls, coming off the bench for a team that rattled off three consecutive championships and set a then-NBA record with 72 regular-season wins in 1995-96. Jordan led the Bulls back to greatness after he returned from a baseball-filled retirement in 1995, and Kerr said he might have learned his most valuable lesson of all from Jordan.

No, it wasn't the time Jordan purportedly punched him in the face, but seeing how the NBA legend responded when things did not go his way.

"The thing that I took from Michael Jordan was that you go for it every time," Kerr told Bennett. "Every play. You never worry about failure, and I had worried about failure my whole life. I didn't want to be the guy at the end who missed the shot. And so up until my time with the Bulls, I was afraid of being that guy, and then I realized Michael took all these big shots -- he missed half of them.

"I would see him go for it and miss, and he'd go into the locker room and it was no big deal. He wasn't fazed. The next game, two nights later, he'd take the same shot, and that made an impact on me. I realized I had to get over my fear of failure, and just go for it and lay it out there."

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The lessons Kerr described are ones his Warriors learned firsthand during his first five seasons at the helm, when they appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals and won three rings. But in the absence of Steph Curry (broken left hand), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) and Draymond Green (torn ligament in left index finger) and the host of veterans who left this offseason, the D'Angelo Russell- and Eric Paschall-led Warriors have to learn them anew.

Given Kerr's aforementioned experience, though, they don't have to go it alone.

Matt Barnes puts Warriors' Steph Curry in all-time NBA starting five

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Matt Barnes puts Warriors' Steph Curry in all-time NBA starting five

Matt Barnes isn't afraid to let his feelings be known. The Sacramento native, who played for both the Kings and Warriors, does not mince his words. 

In a Bleacher Report AMA (Ask Me Anything) Barnes made it clear Monday how much he respects Warriors superstar point guard Steph Curry.

"Incredible," Barnes said when asked what it was like playing with Curry. "Played against him for so many years, but when I was playing with him, seeing how hard he worked ... just to see his preparation and how amazing he was as a shooter. Seeing these guys in practice was incredible." 

Barnes didn't stop there, either. He also listed Steph in his all-time starting five along with Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal. 

In the great words of Knicks superfan and creator of some sitcom about nothing, Larry David, that starting five would be pretty, pretty, pretty good. 

Barnes, 39, finished his 14-year NBA career as a champion with the Warriors in 2017. After playing with Curry at the end of the 2016-17 season, he's made sure to stand up for Steph. 

"I think, he came in, he's the golden boy," Barnes said on ESPN's "First Take" back in June. "He came in and destroyed record books, won championships, beat LeBron -- he's done a lot of things that probably angered other players and other fans. That's why I don't think he gets the respect he deserves. 

"He's obviously the greatest shooter to ever play the game and I can see people being bitter from that. Not to mention the whole light-skinned thing, and people have problems with that. Like I said, he's a perfect example of what the NBA needs to be represented as and people don't like that either.

"Most of the time when people are so good or something's so perfect, people don't like that and that's exactly what you get with Steph."

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Barnes is someone you want on your side, and Steph certainly does.