It's 2021, and even after two NBA MVP awards (including an unanimous one), three NBA Finals and now seven NBA All-Star selections, Steph Curry still garners his fair share of doubts and criticisms.
Now, The Ringer's Bill Simmons has some choice words for Curry's naysayers.
On a recent episode of "The Bill Simmons Podcast," Simmons and ESPN's Zach Lowe dissected how Curry and the Warriors have looked so far this season, and Simmons surely didn't mince words when it came to those who doubt the Splash Brother.
"This was a big year for Steph Curry," Lowe said. "Because there was a lot of 'Can he carry a team?' "
"From idiots," Simmons interjected. "You're an idiot if you made that point."
"[The Warriors] were 140-24 in the two seasons before [Kevin] Durant got there," Simmons added. "You guys are morons if you said that."
It's clear Simmons has had enough of the Curry slander. Heading into Friday's contest against the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State sits at 18-15. While the Warriors have been inconsistent throughout the first half of the season, Curry has not. The 32-year-old is putting together another stellar season, averaging 30 points and 6.3 assists over 32 games this year.
Sure, the Warriors are far from their dynasty days in which they reached five consecutive NBA Finals. They're also without Klay Thompson for the second straight season as the five-time NBA All-Star recovers from Achilles surgery.
The Warriors are a young team that has slowly begun to figure out their respective roles, and if they can string together more consistent play, they'll likely slot in as a lower seed in the playoffs. But whether or not Curry can lead them isn't a question. He has already proven before, and is proving this year, he can and he will.