Michael Jordan Says Steph Curry Isn’t Ready For the Hall of Fame
But don’t worry, MJ says Curry is “still a great player.”
Michael Jordan is the GOAT. As a basketball legend and team owner he’s free to say what he wants. And he does. Most recently, His Airness declared that Steph Curry, one of the NBA’s all-time great three-point shooters, is still not a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame just yet.
“He’s still a great player, not a hall of famer yet, though,” Michael Jordan jokes about Steph Curry as he tells @craigmelvin he’d keep the same four guys (Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy) to play against anyone with pic.twitter.com/tDBQKjDQAa
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 21, 2019
Jordan gave a buzzed-about interview to NBC’s Craig Melvin on the Today Show and was asked about the time he said he’d select these guys to play him in a pickup game: Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and James Worthy.
Jordan said he stood by that list.
Melvin followed up with “So Steph Curry shouldn’t be offended when he watches this?”
Jordan smiled and said, “I hope not. He’s still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.” Then he doubled down: “He’s not.”
C’mon, he looked like he was joking, right? Craig Melvin’s response would make it seem so. After all, it’s damn hard to not argue that Curry will end up in the HoF one day. He’s been league MVP twice and will one day be considered the king of the three-point shot.
Still, Jordan, despite being long retired now, has never stopped being the fierce competitor he was at his most dominant in the NBA. He’s shaded Kobe Bryant (among others) as well.
Fans on Twitter took him pretty seriously, despite the smiles.
I'm not a Golden State fan or even that big of a Curry fan but he's definitely a Hall of Famer. Michael Jordan just the meanest case of jaundice to ever live.
— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) October 22, 2019
I respect the 🐐 MJ but if @StephenCurry30 Retired today he for sure a Hall of famer…. how can a guy who won back to back mvps with 3 rings not 😂😂😂 smh RT @Ballislife: Michael Jordan says Steph Curry “is is a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet.” pic.twitter.com/GewL0Rz9Qm
— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) October 22, 2019
Michael Jordan's five-year peak: 44.2 "PTS+PTS by AST," +5.9 rTS%, +9.3 Offensive Box +/-, 122 Ind OffRtg
Stephen Curry's last five years: 45.2 "PTS+PTS by AST," +9.9 rTS%, +9.5 Offensive Box +/-, 122 Ind OffRtg
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) October 16, 2019
Michael Jordan is an elite level hater. But watch fans say that he's just still 'ultra competitive.'
Steph Curry could have missed 2 seasons and retired yesterday and still be a Hall of Famer.
— justincredible (@SoCalJCred) October 22, 2019
Michael Jordan said Curry is a great player but not a hall of famer yet.
I have to disagree. 3 NBA titles, 2 MVP’s, 6 time all-star, 6 All-NBA selections, 3 NBA first team selections, and All-Rookie first team.
Is he a hall of famer yet to you?
— Tammy T-Time Brawner (@Tammy_Denise12) October 22, 2019
Another famous retired NBA player, Magic Johnson, probably had the most realistic take.
Everyone relax. We know Steph Curry is a future Hall of Famer…Michael Jordan couldn’t say it because he would get fined by the league.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 22, 2019
Basically, everyone needs to calm down. Jordan is really just being Jordan, in the end, for whatever reason. It’s GOAT privilege, perhaps.
Maybe Steph Curry will dedicate his hall of fame speech—or a record-breaking three-pointer—to no. 23 as a joke in return.