Marcus Thompson, the author of The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry, had some things to say about his subject in an interview with The Big Lead.
Mainly that a bunch of Curry's All Star peers simply don't like him.
He starts off by speaking about Steph's relationship with Lebron James.
There’s a thing with he and LeBron that’s a little weird. There was a time when LeBron and Steph were big brother and little brother and LeBron was like a mentor. He was a big fan of Steph, went to games at Davidson, and even when [Curry] got to the NBA, they had moments where LeBron was looking at him like, ‘wow’ and then Steph kind of challenged LeBron’s status. The part that’s odd for Steph – why does that mean there has to be beef between us? He loves LeBron and respects LeBron, and he’s like, ‘because the outside world is pitting us together, why do you and I have to now have this disdain between us, I thought we were cool? … that’s the question that’s in Curry’s mind and Curry’s camp. Why do you not like me when all I did was basically respect everything you did, and follow the model you carried out?Thompson then named Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook as other stars who dislike Chef Curry.
Generally, I think it was all so sudden. [Curry] leapfrogged a whole lot of people. There’s a whole lot of people who never got the adoration Steph gets … they don’t like that. Players who were probably Hall of Famers [were saying] ‘nobody ever anointed me like this.’This could make for some interesting playoff storylines.
Remember this Westbrook laugh from last year?