An (excruciatingly) slow start to the Warriors season has left the door open for criticism aplenty, and nobody is immune, including Steph Curry.
Multiple sports personalities have zeroed in on Golden State's 2-3 start to open the 2020-'21 season, with some criticizing Curry and questioning the superstar's legacy. However, some NBA players simply are just not having it, including Isaiah Thomas and Curry's teammate Marquese Chriss.
Chriss was quick to agree with the two-time All-Star.
Curry is one of the most prolific 3-point shooters of all time, but the Warriors' dismal play has led to some brash reactions from NBA insiders and analysts alike.
That includes 13-year NBA veteran Channing Frye, who recently discussed Curry's legacy with the noted absence of Klay Thompson.
"Until the Warriors go back [to the Finals] without him, it’s like, ‘Well, you had to have a stacked team with five Hall of Famers on it.' " Frye said. "This is the question, and this is unfair, but can Steph do that now?”
Still, while the Warriors' start to the year certainly has been less than ideal, Curry has already managed to make history just five games into the year. In Golden State's overtime win against the Chicago Bulls last Sunday, Curry became just the third player in NBA history to net 2,500 career 3-pointers, joining Hall of Famers Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
Curry has had a rough start to the season from distance (by Steph standards). The two-time MVP and six-time All-Star is shooting just 32.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, a stark contrast from his career 43.4 percent. However, Curry is still acclimating to returning to the court, as the star shooter missed all but five games of the 2019-2020 season with a broken hand.
Curry is also just getting to know a relatively young and inexperienced roster -- one that will take plenty of time to truly come together and gel like prior teams.
However, Curry's lore isn't lost on anyone, with Frye adding that he's still an avid Steph believer.
“This year, there’s a lot of questions, not of, can he play, but can he adjust his game without those All-Stars to make everyone else better,” Frye said. “I’m excited to see it, I think he can do it. I think the culture can do it and Steve Kerr can put them in the right situations.”
Regardless of the Warriors' recent woes, one thing is clear: Curry's fellow NBA players won't have any of the Steph slagging.