Mark Jackson Thinks Stephen Curry is 'Hurting' Basketball

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OAKLAND, Calif. � LeBron James proclaimed himself the best basketball player in the world during the 2015 NBA Finals. Stephen Curry, who beat James in those Finals and is the league's reigning MVP, recently told Time magazine he believes he now wears that mantle. His Golden State Warriors teammates agree.

"He should believe that, and he is," Warriors forward Draymond Green told Yahoo Sports. "I think the team agreed with that, and we're rolling with him."

Curry did little to diminish that claim after helping lead the Warriors past James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-83 in their Christmas rematch of last season's Finals.

"He is a special player, a special talent, a special person more than anything, and I think it's great for our league," James said.

Curry's old coach with the Warriors, ABC analyst Mark Jackson, however, declared during the network's telecast of Friday's game that the sharpshooting guard is "hurting" the sport of basketball.

"Understand what I'm saying when I say this. He's hurting the game," Jackson said. "And what I mean by that is that I go into these high school gyms, I watch these kids, and the first thing they do is they run to the 3-point line. You are not Steph Curry. Work on the other aspects of the game."

Curry chuckled at Jackson's comments but also seemed confused by them.

"I have to talk to him," Curry told Yahoo Sports. "I don't know what he means by that. If you can shoot, shoot. If you can't, stop."

Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who also played under Jackson, didn't appreciate his former coach's remarks.

"Anything he says, you can take that with a grain of salt," Bogut said. "And you can quote me on that."

In addition to his electrifying play on the court, Curry's popularity also is helped by his family-guy image and his 6-foot-3 frame that gives smaller players hope they can someday reach the NBA. Sam Moses, an AAU coach and executive director of Oakland's mammoth basketball facility, Jam Town, calls Curry "the perfect role model."

"He's clean cut, always with his family and very nice to his fans," Moses told Yahoo Sports.

Green thinks it is harder for children to aspire to become such a rare, athletic, physical player like the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James.

"It's good for kids to think they can be Steph because it gives them realistic hope," Green told Yahoo Sports.

For years, AAU programs in America have received a bad rap for not developing young players to have more fundamental skills the way Europeans do. But with Curry being such a phenomenal shooter and dribbler, Moses believes he can help to change that trend.

"The average kid now will work on having complete skill sets," Moses told Yahoo Sports. "You don't have to be big, strong and super fast anymore. If a kid comes in and says they want to be like Steph, they talk about ball-handling more than his 3-ball. He gets to the basket more than the shoots 3-pointers. You would think kids just want to work on the long ball, but they're working on their dribbling."

AAU Oakland Soldiers executive director Mark Olivier, who coached James in the program in high school, told Yahoo Sports that Curry inspires more kids to play basketball.

"Everyone can't be Steph, but the want can give them more drive and determination," Olivier said. "Younger players want to improve their shot."

Curry actually credits James for helping his rise to NBA stardom. During Curry's college career at Davidson, James helped mentor him.

"He kind of took me under his wing as a youngster when I was in college," Curry told Yahoo Sports. "We obviously battle on the same court now. We have mutual respect for each other and it's hard for us to do what each of us does."

Golden State now owns an NBA-best 28-1 record after its victory over Cleveland. The conversation has started on whether the Warriors can beak the 72-win record by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. If they do, Curry's legend will only grow.

Curry "is special, really special and we all know that," James said.

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LOL. I think Mark sounds like he's a bit sore from being let go of Golden State. They way Curry is playing and dominating ain't hurting the game of basketball none. He's playing to his strength and does it remarkably well. If kids want to learn how to shoot like Steph, dribble like Steph, like the article says, then I'll agree he's actually helping the game of basketball and hopefully we'll have more fully developed and well rounded basketball players coming out of college versus the countless numbers of projects that seem to be in every draft in recent history.


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I don't see anything wrong with what Mark Jackson said. He's right. How many times during Kobe's career have you seen kids take pointless fadeways in a pick up game yelling "Kobe!". How many of those kids actually practiced his footwork and use pump fakes as part of their game. Kobe pretty much took ISO ball to the next level which is the most frustrating thing to deal with when you are playing pick up with your friends or random people. Nobody has earned the right to play ISO ball but stars like Kobe make you think you do.

Then you get a guy like Curry, who already is set in stone as the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. How many times have you heard analysts and sports commentators say that Curry can not only pull up from 30, but 40 feet. That is impressionable to young children and makes them think they can do it too, when they don't even have a decent shooting stroke yet. These are compliments to players, not insults, which is where people didn't understand Jackson's point. Majority of the people will focus on Curry's shooting when they should be focusing on the other aspects of his game like ball handing and passing. Me personally, I am more looking forward to his ball handing and making people look like fools then seeing him shoot (unless of course he goes crazy in a quarter). But overall, you get used to seeing a guy drop 40 in a game but those ball handing visuals are exciting for me and it makes me want to work on my ball handling.


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The reason I disagree with Jackson's point is Curry actually plays really SOUND basketball using pretty much fundamental skills most players can learn. He plays within an offense never really tries to do too much-- he just hits a ridiculous amounts of his shots --, he plays decent enough defense, and he also gets his teammates involved too. If anything kids copying Curry's play is a good thing that will help the game of basketball. Maybe we'll start getting more kids coming out of college who have worked on their shot so they can be like Steph instead of relying solely on their athleticism entering the NBA as a project without a jump shot. Besides taking more 3's has been a trend that has been going on in the NBA for nearly a decade now. To say it's because of Steph is a bit asinine.


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Mark Jackson is probably just upset he got fired lol


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There's truth in this, but it's not Curry's fault. He just excels at what the game of basketball has become. Not everyone has to like it. I know I don't. However, teams are stupid if they don't heavily incorporate the 3-pt shot.

I've said this to the point of embarrassment on this board, but Larry Bird once said that the 3-pt shot would ruin the game of basketball. That coming from one of the most effective 3-pt shooters ever. But what he said is basically the same sentiment that Jackson expressed. To me, it's about the game and what it's now missing, not the player. Curry himself is phenomenal, but the NBA game has become Euro League Part Deux.


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Well the only thing I know is that he never alluded to all that when he was the coach. Why come out and say it now? Steph was the same animal when mark was the coach out there. I don't think Steph drastically changed his game post Jackson era. If he was so self righteous, belligerent and spoke the truth, he had the perfect opportunity to do so, when he was the HC of the Warriors. It will obviously come across like a case of sour grapes, no matter how you slice it.

What is even more surprising is the fact that he is supposed to be very close to the Curry family(especially Dell)...lol. I wonder if he gets an invite to the next thanksgiving get together at the Curry household.


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LALayup wrote:
There's truth in this, but it's not Curry's fault. He just excels at what the game of basketball has become. Not everyone has to like it. I know I don't. However, teams are stupid if they don't heavily incorporate the 3-pt shot.

I've said this to the point of embarrassment on this board, but Larry Bird once said that the 3-pt shot would ruin the game of basketball. That coming from one of the most effective 3-pt shooters ever. But what he said is basically the same sentiment that Jackson expressed. To me, it's about the game and what it's now missing, not the player. Curry himself is phenomenal, but the NBA game has become Euro League Part Deux.

I really like the fast break, mid-range, and post game myself. Nothing like watching a well executed 3 on 1 fast break, a player do a quick in control transition pull-up or someone like Kobe work in the post hitting his turnout J. It's one thing if you call out the shot like Larry Legend did but quite another when Mark is singling out a specific player. When you call out a single player, Like Magiclakez said, it just sounds like he has sour grapes.


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OCLakerfan8 wrote:
I really like the fast break, mid-range, and post game myself. Nothing like watching a well executed 3 on 1 fast break, a player do a quick in control transition pull-up or someone like Kobe work in the post hitting his turnout J. It's one thing if you call out the shot like Larry Legend did but quite another when Mark is singling out a specific player. When you call out a single player, Like Magiclakez said, it just sounds like he has sour grapes.

I'd have to agree. It's just hard for me to imagine Jackson intending anything personal re: Steph, even though it came across that way. Maybe I shouldn't give him the benefit of the doubt like that. I suppose you can only judge what he actually said. That is pretty bizarre and unexpected considering the source. It seems way out of character for Jackson.


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Jackson was referring to kids not understanding the fundamentals of basketball and just focusing on what they would see on sports center.

Everyone can agree that so many players in the league today rely on athleticism over basketball fundamentals. Being able to make a layup consistently is ignored because players just want to try dunk.

Jackson was right in what he was saying, he just said it in a clumsy way that was misinterpreted and made a bigger story for the media.


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The reason Curry can do what he can do is because of his fundamentals. If a coach witnesses a player without discipline, then point out Curry's intense practice rituals and ball handling skills. Most people do not have the focus to achieve what Steph has done. To blame him for other people's actions is a bit foolish.


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I wonder what would happen if the NBA took dunking out of the game for 1 year. Many players would be exposed. We would really see who has fundamentals to survive.


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