Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry calls criticism from NBA greats 'annoying'

By The Sports Xchange  |  Updated Feb. 28, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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Stephen Curry is tired of the criticism and comparisons being made by the NBA greats of yesteryear about the reigning MVP and his defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Thursday that Curry's success is largely due to today's style of play.

Another Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, agreed with Robertson as the Warriors close in on the NBA's record for wins in a single season.

The Warriors hold the best record in NBA history through 57 games (52-5) and remain one game ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' pace in their record 72-10 season.

"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."

Robertson criticized today's coaches and players for not being physical enough.

"I just don't think coaches today in basketball understand the game of basketball," Robertson said on the "Mike & Mike" show. "They don't know anything about defenses. They don't know what people are doing on the court. (Curry) has shot well because of what's going on in basketball today.

"When I played years ago, if you shot a shot outside and hit it, the next time I'm going to be up on top of you. I'm going to pressure you with three-quarters, half-court defense. But now they don't do that. These coaches do not understand the game of basketball, as far as I'm concerned."

Curry has made 276 3-pointers this season on 599 attempts (46.1 percent). Curry is 10 shy of the record he set last season and has made a 3 in 128 straight games for another NBA record.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr responded to Robertson's criticism of Curry's talent.

"Oh I'm sure, yeah. I could have stopped this back in my time," Kerr told reporters. "Boy, I would have shut Steph down. Because athletes, you know, 50 years ago were much bigger, stronger and faster, more finely tuned. So Steph might not have made it in the league."

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