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‘Maybe That’s the True Sign of Greatness’

We have all heard the quote “It’s not whether you win or lose that matters; it’s how hard you fought.” It is a simple phrase but often disregarded by many people who don’t see athletes as true champions. Case in point: Pete Rose, sports icon and owner of 4 World Series rings with the Cincinnati Reds, hit .303 lifetime before being banned from baseball for betting on their games after he claimed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Over the course of his NBA career, Steve Kerr has seen a lot of brilliance. He won three titles as a player, two with Tim Duncan and David Robinson, and three more with Michael Jordan. With the Golden State Warriors, he also coached Stephen Curry to three championships.

Kerr saw firsthand what made Jordan probably the greatest competitor in NBA history, and the Warriors coach sees a similar quality in Curry.

Stephen Curry vs. Michael Jordan

Steve Kerr recently compared Stephen Curry to Michael Jordan.

Steve Kerr recently compared Stephen Curry to Michael Jordan. The Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry chuckle after a game against the Sacramento Kings | Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

It’s difficult to make a comparison between Michael Jordan and anybody now playing in the NBA without sounding ridiculous, but Curry is one of the few players who deserves to be included in that debate.

Curry has been a seven-time All-Star and three-time champion in five NBA Finals appearances. He’s won two league MVP honors, two scoring crowns, and is on his way to becoming the all-time 3-pointer leader. Curry may be the best shooter in history, but he isn’t yet in contention for the title of greatest player of all time.

Jordan is still the owner of the title.

MJ had 14 All-Star appearances, 10 scoring crowns, five MVP trophies, and six championships in 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls and two with the Washington Wizards. At this point, Jordan’s résumé is considerably more spectacular than Curry’s, but the Warriors great still has time to add to his legacy.

Curry’s resemblance to Jordan is described by Steve Kerr.

Kerr, Steve: “In many respects, I believe Steph is similar to Michael Jordan in that there are so many memorable moments that they all blend together. Perhaps it is the ultimate mark of greatness.”

December 7, 2021 — Connor Letourneau (@Con Chron)

Curry and Jordan don’t have a lot in common when it comes to their playing styles. One pulls up from 40 feet in the midst of fastbreaks, while the other kills defenders from mid-range and dunks on anybody who dares to block his way to the basket.

According to Kerr, there is one thing that binds them together.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Kerr recently observed, “I believe Steph is a lot like Michael Jordan in a lot of ways.” “There are so many of them that they all blur together.” They don’t even stand out because you’d expect them to. Perhaps that is the ultimate mark of greatness.

“Every night, (fans) will be treated to something exceptional.” And when you do something over and over again, it becomes more difficult for one night to stand out. It’s become second nature to him.”

Is it reasonable to compare the two?

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Old-school NBA fans will believe comparing Curry to Jordan is sacrilege, but Kerr is the best person to talk on the subject. I mean, he’s spent years of his life in the locker room with both guys, and he’s seen what drives them on a daily basis.

I’m inclined to trust Kerr if he finds parallels between the two. He isn’t implying that Curry is poised to surpass Jordan as the greatest athlete of all time. He’s merely stating that both Curry and Jordan made brilliance seem commonplace, which is correct in both circumstances.

Basketball Reference provided all stats.

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