Stephen Curry: Criticism from retired players “starting to get a little annoying”
Ever since their undefeated start to the season brought up comparisons to the 1996 Bulls, there has been a parade of retired players telling us exactly how much better the teams and players of their era were than the Warriors. This week, it’s been especially heavy, with criticism from Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas, Stephen Jackson and others.Stephen Curry is over it. He addressed the subject on the San Jose Mercury News’ “Warriors Plus/Minus” podcast Friday (transcription via ESPN):
“It’s starting to get a little annoying just because it’s kind of unwarranted from across the board,” Curry said on the “Warriors Plus/Minus” podcast by the Bay Area News Group on Friday. “We have a very competent group, and we have fun when we’re out there on the floor, and it shows, obviously.
“We enjoy what we do. But for the most part, you don’t hear us talking about, you know, comparing ourselves to other great teams and ‘We could beat this team, we’re better than this team.’ We’re living in the moment.”
Warriors center Andrew Bogut also responded to the comments of Robertson and others on Saturday:
Andrew Bogut: "I hope I'm not a bitter old man in my 50s and 60s..When I'm on a couch with a beer open watching, I'll respect everybody."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 27, 2016
Curry and the rest of the Warriors are absolutely right to be irritated by the talk. The game has evolved over the years, and it’s unproductive for players from other eras to try to denigrate the greats of today. Nobody on the Warriors is calling Oscar Robertson or Isiah Thomas overrated, they just want to be respected for what they’re doing right now. And what they’re doing has never been done before in NBA history.