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Steph Curry defended by Chris Broussard in epic NBA Finals rant

Steph Curry defended by Chris Broussard in epic NBA Finals rant

Chris Broussard is sick of the Steph Curry hate.

Ever since the three-time champion missed a possible game-winning 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, hate has poured down on the Warriors' star point guard. Left and right, pundits have pushed the notion that Curry isn't clutch.

One of the main arguments against Curry is that despite his three rings, he hasn't won a Finals MVP. Kevin Durant has won the award twice -- in 2017 and 2018 -- and Andre Iguodala took it home in 2015.

"In 2015, he should have been the Finals MVP," Broussard, a FOX Sports analyst, said in a seven-minute interview Monday on FOX Sports Radio. "He averaged 26 points a game, 10 points more than his nearest teammate. 10! Not two, not three, not four ... 10!"

Many people have tried to discredit the Warriors' first championship in 2015 since their opponent -- the Cavaliers -- were without top players such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. So, Broussard asked, what about Isiah Thomas' first title in 1989 when Magic Johnson played just 75 total minutes for the Lakers in the Finals? What about the Raptors this year with Durant, Klay Thompson and other Warriors injured? 

The analyst also believes the way Curry has handled himself in today's social media age should be considered.

"Stop rippin' on Steph!" Broussard exclaimed. "Here's the deal, folks ... nobody [except Michael Jordan] could stand up to the scrutiny of today where we have debate shows, and we debate every single possession. All right? We didn't have that in '80s. We didn't have that in the '90s. We didn't have that in the early 2000s. So, all we remember are the good things.

"So we gonna step on Steph when he averaged 30 points in the Finals, because he missed a 30-foot shot at the end of the game!

"Let's see how they [past greats] would stand up under the scrutiny today."

Broussard is guilty of being a talk-show talking head, and he even found himself in a silly argument with Curry's teammate, Durant, last month. Broussard's main point holds a lot of truth, however, and he believes that we can't let a few bad moments completely represent a player.

Magic was swept in the Finals. LeBron has lost six Finals. Jerry West lost eight. Legends such as Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and Steve Nash never even won a ring. 

Curry missing a shot that could have extended the series where the Warriors would have played the Raptors in Game 7 without Durant or Thompson can't define him. Neither can losing a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals. 

"A few foibles don't tear away your legacy because he has some bad moments," Broussard said. "Isiah Thomas -- who is the second-greatest small player of all time behind Steph Curry -- in his first trip to the Finals, Isiah Thomas scored less than 15 points in four of the seven games." 

Curry averaged 30.5 points per game in the Finals, while his fellow Splash Brother -- Thompson -- missed Game 3 and tore his ACL in Game 6. Durant, the two-time Finals MVP, played just under 12 minutes the whole series before rupturing his right Achilles in Game 5. 

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"He was going to war with Alfonzo McKinnie. Quinn Cook. Neither of whom was drafted," Broussard said. "Boogie Cousins on bad legs and heels. And we gonna rip him [Steph] because he didn't beat the Raptors? C'mon, now. Let's be fair about this. 

"Steph Curry is a top-20 player of all time. Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. Steph Curry is the second-greatest point guard all time."

Case closed.

Jimmer Fredette signs in Greece after leaving Warriors Summer League team

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Jimmer Fredette signs in Greece after leaving Warriors Summer League team

Jimmer Fredette's decision to back out of the Warriors' Summer League roster seems to have paid off.

The 30-year-old guard announced Monday on Instagram that he signed with Greece's Panathinaikos BC, nearly two weeks after pulling out of Summer League in order to stay healthy as he weighed overseas offers. The contract with Panathinaikos, according to Eurohoops, is for two years.

Drafted No. 10 overall in 2010, the former BYU phenom bounced around the NBA for five seasons before playing with the Shanghai Sharks in China from 2016 through 2019. Fredette briefly joined the Phoenix Suns at the end of the 2018-19 season, averaging 3.7 points on 27.6 percent shooting from the field in six games. 

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Fredette didn't live up to the hype in NBA that his decorated college career heralded for some fans, Panathinaikos is one of the most decorated teams in Europe and won the Greek Cup under Rick Pitino -- yes, that Rick Pitino -- just last season. All things considered, it's not a bad landing spot for Fredette, and he intimated as much last month while he was still aiming for an NBA comeback.

"I’ve had a lot of cool places to play basketball and make great money and play the game that I love," he said last month at the Warriors' facility. "It has been a true blessing, and I’m continuing my journey right now, trying to push forward, see what happens and make the best of the situation I have.”

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

Andre Iguodala currently is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

That remains strange to type.

With Memphis in full rebuild mode, it would be shocking if Iguodala remains with the franchise past the February trade deadline.

On Monday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium provided an update on where things stand with the 2015 NBA Finals MVP:

"The Grizzlies have tried to find a trade partner for Iguodala and get some value back -- more than the first-round pick that they acquired from the Warriors to take on his salary.

"The Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets have engaged with the Grizzlies at different points this offseason. Neither have really gained traction.

"The two teams strongly pursuing Iguodala still are the Rockets and the Clippers, but both teams seem to be at a standstill in talks with the Grizzlies.

The Rockets are still not comfortable and have been resisting going that deep into the luxury tax to acquire a guy like Iguodala where they give up a draft pick. Their tax bill could rise to upwards of $20 million.

The Clippers on the other hand -- the only salary that makes sense for them in terms of shipping out is Moe Harkless, the forward they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers. But I'm told they do not want to part with Harkless in any type of a deal for Iguodala.

"Both the Rockets and the Clippers have been searching for third and fourth team scenarios to acquire Iguodala. At some point, the Grizzlies could just release Iguodala in a buyout agreement and do right by him and allow him to pick his next team.

"They have been working closely with his agent in trying to find a situation that works best for both sides."

Let's unpack all of this piece-by-piece.

The Grizzlies received a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) from Golden State. It's somewhat bold of them to expect even more in exchange, but Iguodala is very valuable and they do hold the leverage right now.

If the Rockets end up refusing to acquire Iguodala because of a luxury tax bill, then owner Tilman Fertitta might as well just sell the team. The guy is worth over $5 billion. Pay up.

If the Clippers are unwilling to give up Harkless for Iguodala, well ...

... that would be incrediby silly and probably won't sit well with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

[RELATEDReport: Former team wants Iguodala back, but price too high]

Most likely, all sides are simply posturing and doing what you do in negotiations. It's quite possible that the front offices involved want to relax and let the dust settle before pulling any triggers.

Besides, we all know that Iguodala eventually will find a way to maneuver himself back to the Warriors next season...

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