Michael Jordan Threw Major Shade at Steph Curry
Michael Jordan is one of the most legendary names in basketball. He played in the NBA for almost 20 years and amassed a huge number of awards and titles. As such, if anyone knows what greatness looks like, it would be Jordan himself.
However, Jordan recently threw major shade at Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry.
Curry has been rising to the top in the past few years and has been called one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, but Jordan does not think Curry is good enough at the moment.
Michael Jordan thinks Steph Curry is ‘not a Hall of Famer yet’
In a conversation with Craig Melvin of the Today show, Jordan talked about the comments that he made several years ago about four guys that he would choose to play pickup basketball with: Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, and James Worthy.
Jordan revealed that he would still choose these same players, saying: “I’m going in the trenches. I played against and with all these guys. I’m going with who I know. Every single night, their responsibility to go out there and represent greatness, every single night.”
When asked about whether Curry should be offended to hear about this list, Jordan responded: “I hope not. He’s still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.”
Steph Curry’s response to Michael Jordan’s comment
It does not seem like Jordan’s words are affecting Curry too much, however. Speaking to Sirius XM, Curry shared that he is a bit slighted, but is willing to give Jordan the benefit of the doubt.
“Oh man, I love M.J.,” Curry said. “That’s my guy. He’s the GOAT, but I don’t know if it was a wordsmith thing or if he just kinda got in his own way. But I’m sure you ask him that question now, like straight up, does he think I’m getting in there, he probably would have a different answer. If you put the ‘… yet,’ then I’m cool with that.”
Of course, with Curry’s impressive accomplishments, many people are already predicting that he would very likely become a Hall of Famer should he retire right now. Bleacher Report reported in September that he has a high probability of being inducted — at 99.87%.
Michael Jordan is known for trash-talking opponents
Perhaps Jordan throwing shades at Curry isn’t surprising for some people to see considering Jordan had been known to say some harsh things to his opponents back when he was still in the NBA.
For example, during an Eastern Conference match, Reggie Miller recalled one time where Jordan referred to himself as “black Jesus.”
Miller said: “In a meaningless exhibition game I have 10 points and he has four at halftime. At the end of the game he ended with 44 and I ended with 12. So after the game he walks over to me and says ‘be very careful that you never talk to Black Jesus like that again.'”
In a game in 1995, Jordan reportedly was very mean to Muggsy Bogues, who stood at 5’3 and was playing for the Charlotte Hornets at the time. Johnny Bach, a former assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, once told: “On the biggest possession of the game, Mugsy had the ball with the Hornets down 1. Jordan backed off of him and told him: ‘Shoot it you mi***t.'” It has been said that those words ruined Bogues’ career forever.
However, it was not just opponents who felt Jordan’s wrath. His teammates were not immune to them either. During one scrimmage against Rodney McCray, Jordan would repeatedly yell in McCray’s face “You’re a loser! You’ve always been a loser!” After that season, McCray retired from the NBA.