Why some NBA stars have ‘disdain’ for Steph Curry

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Curry and LeBron James get up close and personal during last year’s NBA Finals .

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During last year’s Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook was asked about being is in favour of Golden State Warriors sun Steph Curry and Westbrook snickered from the interview rostrum in a blatant act of disrespect toward the two-time NBA MVP.

In the following items tournament, Curry went off for 31 tops, 10 comebacks and nine assists in a Golden state win over Westbrook’s Thunder. The Fighter removed Oklahoma City from the playoffs one tournament afterwards, then Curry’s younger sister posted this decidedly excellent subtweet towards the snickering Westbrook.

The entire petty subplot was a wonderful little bit of WWE-worthy drama. But the committee is also rind back a curtain on a bigger question that’s long been suds up among NBA devotees: Why do so many of the league’s other marquee stars seem to harbor a grudge against Curry?

Marcus Thompson has flooded the Fighters for the Bay Area News Group since before Curry’s rookie year so he’s had a front-row tush for the undersized scorer’s stunning ascending. Stopping out of minuscule Davidson College in 2009, Curry was never is expected to be this good. An All-Star perhaps, but back-to-back MVP and one of the most popular NBA players in recent recall? No one visualized that coming.

Thompson’s new book, Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry , leverages the writer’s years following the sun to detail Curry’s improbably travel. In a new interview, Thompson suggests it’s precisely that “miraculous rise” that’s realized Curry the target of “disdain” from many of his NBA peers.

Curry vs. Westbrook.

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“Theres a happening with he and LeBron thats a little creepy, ” Thompson said in a radio affected with The Big Lead ‘s Jason McIntyre. “There was a day when LeBron and Steph were big brother and little brother and LeBron was like a mentor.”

Indeed, James used to openly root for Curry when Curry was performing at Davidson. But Thompson suggests such relationships changed as Curry stretched from a amiable NBA underdog into one of the league’s titanic armies. Here’s more from Thompson’s interview with McIntyre.

He was a big follower of Steph, was just going tournaments at Davison, and even when[ Curry] got to the NBA, they had instants where LeBron was looking at him like, wow and then Steph kind of defied LeBrons status. The role thats odd for Steph why does that imply “theres gotta be” beef between us? He desires LeBron and respects LeBron, and hes like, because the outside world is opposing us together, why do you and I have to now have this derision between us, I thought we were cool? thats the question thats in Currys mind and Currys camp. Why do you not like me when all I did was basically respect everything you did, and follow the sit you carried out? its not just with LeBron Steph wants to be accepted by all these people. This is what he worked for. For[ them] to suggest, Youre one of us. Itseems like they dont want to give that to him .

During his rise to the top of the organization, Thompson said, Curry”leapfrogged a whole lot of parties. Theres a whole lot of people who never got the exaltation Steph gets they dont like that. Participates who were probably Hall of Famers[ were saying ], ‘Nobody ever anointed me like this.'”

Another player Thompson quotes as harboring bitterness toward Curry is Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul.

Paul, Thompson said, “was supposed to be next in line to earn a championship. Then, unexpectedly, “its been” Steph thats another relation where[ Curry] was like, ‘Oh, I look up to you, ‘ and unexpectedly there is this derision vs Steph. Theres a lot of those.”

Now here’s the really awesome role for drama-loving NBA devotees: Curry and the Warriors given the opportunity to front Westbrook’s Thunder, Paul’s Clippers < em> and LeBron’s Cavaliers in consecutive rounds of the playoffs, which begin on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Golden State’s first round opposing is the Portland Trail Blazers. Their star, Damian Lillard, is an East Oakland native who grew up not far from Oracle Arena, where the Warriors play. Lillard and Curry have had some memorable one-on-one clashes over the years, and Lillard would surely love to get the best of Curry in front of his own hometown fans.

So grab your popcorn, hoop-heads. The playoffs are about to start, and the actual basketball is sure to be accompanied by abundance of delightfully petty drama.

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