Navigate Left
  • The student health center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and is closed for an hour each day from noon to 1 p.m. Courtesy: WellCat Health Center, taken by Jason Halley/University Photographer

    Features

    Healthcare for students anytime, anywhere: all the WellCat has to offer

  • Second Street from the B Line bus station. Taken by Maki Chapman on Feb. 28.

    Opinion

    Backsliding on alcohol rules, or maybe moving forward

  • Staff Members of the Black Youth Leadership Project 
Left-Right: Pamela Irby, Laniea LaGarde, Quinessa Stibbins, Laila Anderson, Candy Jackson, Keila Lee, Brandon Trowel

    Features

    Community leadership project aims to uplift Black youth 

  • Jason Rabinowitz, secretary-treasurer of Local 2010, addresses Unit 6 workers ahead of the ratification vote. Photo taken from Teamsters 2010 Flickr account.

    News

    Teamsters Local 2010 tentative agreement to be voted on by CSU Board of Trustees

  • Multiple cars populate the campus lot where a vehicle was burglarized Wednesday morning. Taken by Ariana Powell on Feb. 28.

    News

    UPD arrest 2 vehicle burglary suspects; stolen property recovered

Navigate Right
Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Stop hating on greatness

Sports+reporter+Patrick+Pace+Photo+credit%3A+Cam+Lesslie
Sports reporter Patrick Pace Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

I hate Stephen Curry.

I hate how he can make a shot from basically anywhere on the floor. I hate how perfect his jump shot looks. I hate how well he runs his team.

Being a Los Angeles native, I especially hate how he and the Golden State Warriors rarely lose a game.

Though I dislike him and his team, I can’t deny that both are unlike anything I have seen before. Over the past few weeks there have been a number of former players and coaches that have found reasons to downplay the Warriors and their most valuable player.

Oscar Robertson, an NBA Hall-of-Famer, said that Curry is only as good as he is because of the league’s style of play. He believes that the coaches don’t coach like they used to and the players aren’t as tough.

Phil Jackson, arguably the greatest head coach the NBA has ever seen, said that Curry is comparable to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who averaged 14.6 points per game in his 11-year career. In Abdul-Rauf’s best season, he averaged 19.2 points per game.

Stephen Jackson, a recently retired NBA journeyman, also had some words. He played on the 2007 Warriors team that knocked out the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. This was one of the biggest upsets in NBA history and Jackson was a key player in the series. He recently said he believes his 2007 team would be able to beat today’s Warriors because his squad had “more heart.”

Curry is averaging 30.7 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. His team is currently 54-5 on the season, on pace for the best record in NBA history. He shoots almost 50 percent from the field, 46 percent from beyond the 3-point line and makes 90 percent of his free throws.

He shares the record for most 3-pointers in a game and recently broke his own record for most 3-pointers in a season. He did this in 58 games and now has 23 more games in the regular season to add to it. Without a doubt he is the best player in the NBA right now.

He also has a great supporting cast around him. Klay Thompson may very well be the second-best shooter in the NBA behind Curry. Draymond Green is a triple-double machine, and the rest of the Warriors know how to play their roles. The record shows that they are a team unlike any other and watching them play proves it.

Retired players and coaches need to stop hating.

Yes, the rules were different when you played in the league. Yes, you were great at what you did back in your time. However, you’re finished. Your career is over. Let someone else shine without trying to bring them down.

Stephen Curry belongs in this league, and I believe he would have prospered as a player “back in the day” as well. He is a very special player, on a very special team. Give him his credit.

Patrick Pace can be reached at [email protected] or @PatPaceSports on Twitter.

View Comments (2)
More to Discover

Comments (2)

All The Orion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • R

    Roc // Mar 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

    You are sooooo hot, PJ!!!!!

    Reply
  • M

    Marcus // Mar 4, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Great article pj I’m so proud of you!!!

    Reply