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Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet'

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet'

Through his first 10 NBA seasons, Steph Curry has won two league MVPs (one unanimous) and three league titles with the Warriors. He's been named to six All-Star teams and has a scoring championship under his belt. He's on pace to destroy the all-time record for most career 3-pointers.

By most accounts, he's changed the way young players shoot the basketball.

That should be enough to make Curry a Hall of Famer, right?

Not according to Michael Jordan.

"He's still a great player," Jordan said Monday on NBC's "Today." "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."

MJ, you're the GOAT, but this is a freezing cold take.

How did this come up? About six years ago, Jordan was asked to pick four players he'd want to team up with in a fictional pick-up game. He chose Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy.

NBC's Craig Melvin asked Jordan if anything had changed since he picked those four and if he'd swap out any of them for current NBA players.

Jordan said he would not, and Melvin threw Curry's name out there, asking His Airness if the Warriors star should be offended.

"I hope not," Jordan said, before claiming Curry isn't yet a Hall of Famer.

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Curry has revolutionized the way the game is being played, just like some guy named Jordan did in the 1980s and 90s.

Jordan did a lot of good during his playing career, but since he hung up that Wizards jersey, not much has gone right for him. These comments are just another black eye on Mike.

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Chris Paul hilariously explains why he fake laughed at Steve Kerr joke

Chris Paul hilariously explains why he fake laughed at Steve Kerr joke

Chris Paul can laugh at some, but not all, of his history with the Warriors.

The hyper-competitive Oklahoma City Thunder point guard joked in an Instagram Live session Monday with Steph Curry about the two-time MVP's ankle-breaking crossover on Paul when he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. But Paul said Monday that his often-GIF'd fake laugh from an on-court conversation with Steve Kerr is, well, no laughing matter.

Kerr cracked wise with Paul, by then a member of the Houston Rockets, during the Warriors' 116-108 loss in Houston on Jan. 20, 2018. Paul hadn't forgotten the bad blood of the Clippers-Warriors rivalry from his LA days, carrying that tension to a team that the Warriors had eliminated in two of the preceding three postseasons.

The Warriors would bounce the Rockets in the 2018 Western Conference finals and again in the second round the following year. Golden State overcame a three-games-to-two series deficit in 2018 and then eliminated the Rockets in 2019 despite injuries to Kevin Durant and Andrew Bogut.

Both of Paul's playoff runs in Houston ended on the Rockets' home court at the Warriors' hands, and the Game 6 loss in last year's second round marked the final time he suited up for Houston. Paul was traded to the Thunder in exchange for Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook the following season.

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He wouldn't have had to worry about facing the Warriors this postseason, and Golden State was eliminated from playoff contention prior to the NBA suspending its season last month after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Despite that, something tells me Paul won't laugh about his fake laugh any time soon.

Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

When Warriors rookie Eric Paschall attacks the rim, you hardly ever see him leave the ground off one foot.

The No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft almost always explodes towards the basket off both legs.

That is by design.

"I actually used to be a one-foot jumper," Paschall told NBC Sports Bay Area during a Zoom conversation Monday afternoon. "I'm scared of getting hurt. I feel like with one foot you never know what's gonna happen.

"So that's why I've become a very two-foot jumper because I know where my legs are gonna be. With one foot, somebody could bump you -- one leg comes down ... that scares me."

The two-foot jumping is working.

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Paschall referenced two specific injuries that impacted his mindset.

In August 2014, Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg when he tried to block a James Harden transition layup attempt during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage.

And during an Elite 8 matchup in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Louisville guard Kevin Ware sustained a gruesome leg injury when he landed on his right leg after contesting a 3-point shot.

"Those two scarred me," Paschall said. "So then I was like, 'I'm not jumping off one foot.' After that -- mentally -- I've just been like, 'You better jump off two.' I know where my feet are gonna be (and) you're under control more.

"I can still do certain dunks off of one foot. But I just don't jump off one foot. It scares me."

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There's no reason to jump off one foot when you can do this:

"Nobody really jumps off two feet like that," Paschall explained. "I've seen a few of my dunks and it's just like ... there's no way someone will block that. I rose up so fast."

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