Has Warriors superstar Steph Curry been watching "The Last Dance" documentary on the Chicago Bulls?
Duh. Of course he has.
The two-time NBA MVP was a guest on "The Rory & Carson Podcast" on Tuesday, and had a lot to say about the first four episodes:
"The MJ doc, man -- the eras are so different. There was so much more mystery back in the day. (Michael) Jordan, (Scottie) Pippen and (Dennis) Rodman -- they show up on TV, you watch a game, everybody gets into it -- and then you really don't see them or hear from them until the next game.
"All that drama and the experiences that they went through -- unless you were there (you didn't really know about it) ... there's a lot of comparisons to what we went through with the Warriors these last five years in building up, to trying to stay on top and all that type of stuff.
"So I'm actually learning a lot about leadership. And just really another appreciation for the demands that are put on us as professional athletes. I do understand the work that goes in, but also all the things that you have to juggle being in the spotlight. It's crazy.
"Sometimes you get numb to it, sometimes you have certain coping mechanisms that you kind of stick to. But at the end of the day, all you really want to do is be great at your sport. And you kind of take the rest of it in stride the best you can.
"So with what MJ is sharing with the world right now -- and I know he said not a lot of people are gonna like him after watching this documentary because his personality was so strong, and he just wanted to be great -- I love that stuff because that's what that championship mentality is all about."
Steph is right. While Jordan and the Bulls were known around the world and certainly heavily scrutinized, they didn't have to deal with the 24-hour news cycle, the daily hot takes on sports talk shows and the immense power of social media.
Professional athletes are under a microscope like never before, and that presents great challenges for them personally and for team morale/chemistry.
As ESPN's Jay Williams said on "First Take" a couple of weeks ago:
I think the media -- the more time (that goes by) -- as guys win and they win championships, the media, we're like, 'Well what else can we talk about? What else can we find to make this interesting? Oh, it seems like there are challenges.'
"And I think those challenges naturally throughout the course of time -- that every team faces, but for teams that win at a high level -- get blown out of proportion. And I think we saw that trickle into the locker room and that led ultimately to this team separating.
"That's the realness and that's the fact of it."
Kevin Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman, strongly disagreed with this opinion. And of course, that was news in itself.
Ultimately, the sheer fact you are reading this right now proves Curry's point. The three-time NBA champion goes on a podcast (which didn't exist in the mid-90s) and his comments turn into headlines and articles.
For better or worse, that's the world we live in now.
Let's wrap this up on a lighter note:
Steph Curry: "Me and my wife -- we are kind of different in how we consume television. I like binge-watching shows and those cliffhangers are crazy. She likes watching movies and having an ending to the night. So we always jump around and never finish anything."— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 28, 2020
Yours truly feels Steph's pain on this one.
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