A player like Stephen Curry steps on to the court once in a generation. He is a transcendent player, to say the least. Since Wilt Chamberlain, very few have influenced the game like Curry. With three titles and five finals between 2015-19, the Golden State Warriors had changed the NBA forever.
The Chef’s range and skill level is arguably the highest the NBA has ever seen. And whenever Curry puts on a show, it is box-office. When Curry was drafted as the 7th overall pick in 2009, there were many who doubted his ability.
Can a small player who is only 6’3 survive in the league with only his shooting abilities?
It took time for the Baby-Faced Assassin to start launching from deep like there was no tomorrow. With time, his critics became his fans, one of them being Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq has often been critical of new NBA players. Being a 7’1 dominant center himself, he has always believed that the league is for the big men. But as time went on, he also revealed why Curry became his favorite player in the NBA.
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Why did Shaquille O’Neal have a sudden change of heart about Steph Curry?
During his appearance on the ‘All the Smoke’ podcast alongside Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, the Lakers legend said, “I used to hate him early on in his career… (I’d say), ‘He ain’t gonna make that’. But he kept proving me wrong and that’s why he’s my best player”.
Shaq is no stranger to hating on players. This season, he has often been seen criticizing Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. While the Utah pair have led the Jazz to the top of the Western Conference, Shaq has remained critical of their respective games.
So this sudden change of heart for Curry was a bit of a surprise to the NBA fans. Shaq has always asked the players he has been critical of to change his mind. And Curry has certainly done so. After all, the 33-year-old has cemented his status as the greatest shooter of all time.
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