Steph Curry has had an interesting few days, ahead of tonight’s Golden State Warriors season opener. Most notably, he got dragged into a weird discussion from a Michael Jordan interview, in which the Chicago Bulls legend said he wasn’t “a Hall of Famer yet.”
It isn’t totally clear whether Jordan meant that very literally (it is true, obviously), or if he thinks Curry has more to prove in his career. After two MVP awards, including one unanimous vote, and three NBA titles, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which Curry doesn’t make it the moment he is eligible.
If there is a hole in his resume, he’ll have ample opportunity to fill it in 2019-20. Curry enters a situation that he hasn’t faced in years: some wonder if the Warriors will even make the Western Conference Playoffs as currently constituted.
The team faced serious upheaval during the off-season. The team lost star forward Kevin Durant, who will likely miss the full season due to injury, to the Brooklyn Nets. They picked up the Nets’ breakout star from last year in the process, Curry’s new backcourt-mate D’Angelo Russell.
The team also lost Klay Thompson during the NBA Finals, and Steve Kerr recently admitted there was a good chance he would miss the full year with a torn ACL.
Tonight, the Warriors have their first game in the new Chase Center in San Francisco. They may be without a pair of stars from the last few titles, but Steph is still there, and he’s still dazzling with his warm-up routine.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 24, 2019
If the Warriors are going to contend for the top of the Western Conference again, with the improvements that teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets made, along with teams that were already very good last year like the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, Steph will need to have an MVP-type season once again.
Steph Curry and the Warriors host Kawhi Leonard and the new-look Clippers, fresh off an impressive win over the Lakers, at 10:30 p.m. tonight. The game will be on TNT.