This morning, NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan gave a rare interview to the TODAY show on NBC. During the one-on-one sit down with Craig Melvin, Jordan discussed a range of topics, both personal and pertaining to the sport of basketball, but it was a brief mention of Steph Curry that has sparked much debate today. This afternoon, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr weighed in.
With a glass of tequila in his hand and a smirk on his face, Jordan, who has at least a strong plurality of fans that believe he’s the greatest player of all-time, said that Curry is a great player, but “not a Hall of Famer, yet.” Jordan finished the statement with a laugh, and people are pretty puzzled by exactly what he means.
Some are taking it literally, which could be wise given what seemed like Jordan’s tongue-in-cheek demeanor. Curry still hopefully has a long career ahead of him, so obviously he isn’t in the Hall of Fame right now.
The other interpretation is a bit harder to buy, even coming from someone as notoriously competitive as Jordan.
Curry is a three-time NBA champion and a two-time league MVP. He is a Hall of Famer the millisecond that he is eligible to be, three years after whenever he retires.
The statement, or joke, or whatever MJ was going for, has drawn a wide array of responses. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joked that Jordan might’ve had a glass too many of tequila for that Curry take. Magic Johnson, perhaps in a shot at the NBA over its handling of his statements about other players when he was running the Los Angeles Lakers, said that Jordan would have been fined if he was seen as flattering Curry, a Charlotte native who some think could play for the Hornets one day.
Now, Curry’s head coach and former Michael Jordan teammate Steve Kerr has weighed in, with a little jab at the GOAT.
Kerr on MJ’s HOF comments about Steph Curry: “I think Michael has his own version of the Hall of Fame. It’s in his own head — so whatever that is, that’s what it is.”
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Jordan is not the most outspoken person in basketball, so we may never find out exactly what he meant by that statement.
The Warriors open their 2019-20 season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.