4-time champion Steve Curry is the face of the modern NBA

Michael Jordan played in six NBA Finals and won all of them. And with some luck and some Draymond Green self-control, Steve Curry could be right there with him.

Curry has played in six finals himself, and has now won four of them. One he lost when the Warriors were in a three-for-one match against LeBron Cavaliers and back home. But Draymond was enough to make another technical blunder when he learned he was on the cusp of being suspended for a match. It didn’t stop him from being bony. He was suspended from Game 5. The Cavs won him on the road and never lost again to the Warriors that year.

Fast forward to 2019. It was the Warriors who trailed by three games to one, against the Raptors. But Kevin Durant tore his Achilles in Game 5, even if the Warriors scored a win. Then in Game 6, once and future Splash Brother Klay Thompson tore his ACL with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter of Game 6. Thompson had already scored 30 by then. After that Curry was against the world and the Raptors won the game and the title.

Is it crazy to think that the Warriors, even without Durant but with Clay, could have turned back and won another? no not like that. Not by a long shot.

That’s how close Steph Curry is to getting the same record as Michael in the Finals. And Michael was, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the biggest winner in the NBA since Bill Russell, the biggest winner in American team sports history.

That’s the kind of company Carrie, 34, is keeping now. He has now won many titles with one team and LeBron has also won three. He has won one title less than Kobe Bryant. Now there’s all this debate about where Curry ranks with the biggest stars his sport has ever produced. I will make it easy for everyone: he ranks with all of them. He is in any conversation about any superstar in the modern game you care to mention, as well as being the best pure shooter the game has ever known.

LeBron has long been a major star in the NBA, even as the Steve Warriors started winning titles. not longer. Now Steve is the One, the skinny 6-2 guard from Davidson, son of Dale Curry, the world champion again. Reggie Miller was a 3-point shooter. He never won. Ray Allen finally overtook Reggie in three points. He won once with the Celtics, once with the Heat. Steve keeps winning and helps his team win the game even on the nights when he’s missing out. It’s funny that it took him so long for him to win the Finals MVP award now named after Mr. Russell.

Steve won before Durant came to the Warriors. Now he won after leaving Durant and the Warriors. LeBron keeps moving. Steve stays put, if you don’t count the way he keeps roaming the 3-point line all the way to the concession stands. Or maybe the parking lot. You keep hearing other shooters like Trae Young compared to him. Nothing against Young, I love watching him play and even love watching him sitting on the lawn. But there is only one Steve Curry. the one.

What we’ve seen over the past two weeks against the Celtics isn’t some kind of goodbye, not what we’ve just seen against the Celtics, right down to his tears and laughter at the end of Game 6. Again: he turned 34 in March. In December, LeBron turned 38 years old. Kobe was about to turn 38 when he retired. Michael didn’t call it quits until he turned 40, and he changed teams himself, heading to The Wizards. Steve Curry is not going anywhere. Of course, he and the Warriors are the candidates to do it again.

Draymond on Steph: “I went out and showed why he’s one of the greatest players who’ve ever played this game.”

As a ranger, you totally talk about it with Michael and Kobe. just do it. The average number of points per game is Michael. So did Kobe. It was really unforgettable. As well as the child of Charlotte Christian.

Here’s something I wrote here about Carrie seven months ago, when the Warriors got off to a quick start that was just an omen of things to come:

“He’s the biggest, most watched and funniest star in his sport and all of our sports right now. In the NBA, it’s not LeBron and not Kevin Durant. He’s the 30th among the Warriors, who has done something that few players in professional basketball history have ever done: He brought back Imagine it.

Bill Russell did it differently once, and so did Wilt Chamberlain. And Dr. J, who played the game so far over the edge I was afraid he was going to hit his head on the ceiling. Michael did. And Magic and Larry, for many reasons, including the rivalry between them that began in college, and because they brought the pass back to the NBA.

“Steve Curry did it, for a number of reasons, but mostly this reason: He made good bad shots.”

He doesn’t do it alone. He didn’t do it alone against the Celtics. Against the team that was supposed to play the best defense of all the contenders, the Warriors played the best team defense, forcing the Celtics to go through a number of archetypal twists. Andrew Wiggins was finally ready for his close-up, all this time after he was the first pick in the NBA draft. And Draymond reminded us, even when he’s been on the bench at his big moments, that in addition to being a royal pain, he can still affect the basketball game in many positive ways.

But the game passed through Steve Curry. He always does. The NBA Finals passed through him. second. His coach, Steve Kerr, compared him to another great winner, Tim Duncan, when it was over, and already praised him, because Duncan did what he did with the same kind of grace Curry showed. It was different with Carrie. Duncan didn’t change the game. Steve Curry did. What he ultimately reimagined is the possibilities of the game, unless you’re one of those people who screams at 3-point shooters to get off your garden.

“It was this [Curry’s] “The icing on the cake,” Kerr said.

The Celtics had a good story, because of the way they came in after becoming a .500 team in January. They have great players Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. They were more of a support team for Steve Curry in the NBA Finals. The sports star was the star of these games. He did not carry his team. He was carrying a whole gang.

Buck Showalter may have made the shortest hill visit in recorded history the other night before Edwin Diaz knocked out his last Brewers series match.

I asked him after the match what he said.

He said: “The talk was about the eye.”

Eye talking?

‘You got this?’ ‘You got this.’

Buck returned to the bunker in the blink of an eye.

Shortly thereafter, the Mets won another one-round game and another series.

Everyone understands that it wasn’t some kind of insult to suggest a few weeks ago that we need to see what the Yankees are going to do once they’re out of the joint venture portion of their schedule, right?

Somehow, though, this idea seems to offend people in the Yankee Universe.

So now we see how they came out of the gangsters against Rice and Jays.

It’s the true start of the 100-game season from now to the end, and the Yankees started it in style, going on one of the first three amazing months in their history.

But it’s always interesting the way the Yankees are still covered like company in Company City, and when they look great again, as they surely do this season, it’s as if order has been restored in the baseball world.

But what kind of ranking are we talking about with a franchise that has played in one World Championship for the past 20 years and hasn’t won it once since 2009?

You know the deal:

The Mets wants to win the world championship, badly.

Yankees need to To win the world championship.

Here’s another interesting question about the records of baseball teams in two big cities:

What would the Yankees’ record be if they got eight starts total from Gerrit Cole and Nestor Curtis the way the Mets got just eight starts, in total, from Jacob DeGrum and Max Scherzer?

My friend Barry Stanton remembers the days when George Steinbrenner thought mustaches prevented performance.

Once he was healthy, it was another major class of Mike Breen in the NBA Finals.

You’ll love the soon-to-sell Out movie from my Icelandic friend Ragnar Jonasson, one of the best crime writers on the planet.

The LIV Tour of Golf is about as meaningful a sport as Holiday on Ice used to be.

And while we’re on the subject: I’m amazed that the Saudis didn’t try to buy Phil Mickelson’s way over the weekend at the US Open.

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Finally today: Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Benny Lubeca.

I won’t party with him until I get home on Tuesday.

But we’ll celebrate, as he begins to climb on his 99th birthday, as he continues to live his wonderful American life with Mom.

Our phone conversations begin the same way, every day:

“How are you, Pops?”

amazing! “

And at that moment, the world is wonderful.