The below video is a classic perspective from a OKC fan (home) as Stephen Curry unleased his final dagger on Saturday night. The game was an insta-classic and this take is a perfect complement to that final sequence.
After last nights "killer" finish and instaclassic game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, the legend of Stephen Curry continues to grow. There will be plenty of pieces on the performance itself and how the Warriors are now likely to break the all-time single season win total. The point that needs to be made though is not only is Curry breaking records (2 in this game, 3's in a single game and total 3's in a single season) but he's breaking hearts in crunch time. Defeating an opponents will; voiding an opponents effort at the conclusion of a hard fought battle defines a true "killer".
There's a lot more basketball to be played in the '15-'16 season and ultimately championships are all that matter. But the past season and three quarters of Steph Curry have shown this is a special person, ascending to a level of play we've never seen before. And if you don't agree with me, let me reference arguably one of the three best players of the past 40 years to back me up.
.@StephenCurry30 has a chance to be the greatest player we've ever seen, if he plays at this level for the next 4-5yrs!
The hottest NBA media topic seems to be how the Golden State Warriors, a team on an all-time great pace (52 -5) in professional sports history, can improve this offseason with the addition of Kevin Durant. While headlines about free agency have been known to spike readers interest, and Durant being one of the best free agents in any sport over the past decade combined to brew a magic combination of sports orgasm. From this vantage point the sheer number and detail of the Durant to Warriors reports feels like a calculated attempt by some power brokers to unsettle the chemistry of a dynastic team.
Here are my core points.
Warriors focus is on this season. I don’t believe the Warriors brass or even the team itself is spending any time thinking about Kevin Durant. When you’re the defending champion and on a 72+ win pace, your focus is on now.
Warriors GM Bob Myers has undoubtedly thought about the Durant possibility within his longer term (post ’15/’16 season) plan. If Durant has mutual interest, this is something that will happen without as much compromise on the Warriors side than is being reported.
Durant vs. Continuity. The reports are increasingly similar in their framework, generally calling out key players such as Harrison Barnes, Andre Igoudala, Andrew Bogut, Festis Ezeli and Shaun Livingston as being sacrificial players in this scenario. ESPN & CBS have both given similar scenarios and many of the tier 2 sports blog networks or regional networks have penned similar stories.
Colin Kaeparnick, the 49’ers uber athlete quarterback has been vilified the past year after being the darling, new age model of what the future NFL quarterback looked like the previous few years. So the question to ask now, is the guy who came within 5 yards of a super bowl title a bum, just another guy or an elite performer who needs the right system around him?
I’ve been on the record in the past saying he’s at best just another guy. However over the past eighteen months his attitude off the field and play on it, demonstrate that he’s likely more of a bum than even a competent backup, let alone a starter.