Earlier this week, Warriors writer Marcus Thompson provided insight into how other NBA players feel about Stephen Curry. Thompson said guys such as LeBron James, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook were upset at the way Curry was treated in the NBA community.
"There's something thatburnsthem about the fact that Steph is the one that isexalted and because of that they want to go at him and demean his hype," Thompson said. "They want to take him down."
Curry's teammateDraymond Greenresponded to this on his podcast "Dray Dray."
He’s way more than what everyone expected him to be or ever gave him a shot to be. I think most people looked at it like, ‘Ah man, this was a, in quotes, privilegedkid growing up. Like, how did he become this? He ain’t supposed to become this. It’s supposed to be the guy from the hood that had nothing and had to grind for everything.’
But when you look at Steph’s life. They had money, but Steph wasn’t treated like they had money. He couldn’t watch TV (all the time). He had chores. They didn’t raise them like they were just these privileged kids, which shows why they’ve got two sons in the NBA and a daughter who’s doing great in college. They weren’t raised like that.
People just automatically think that, ‘Man, this guy ain’t from the hood, he ain’t cut like that, he ain’t cut from a different cloth. He’s supposed to be soft and this, that.’ And of course, Steph is light-skinned, so they want to make him out to be soft. So everybody just wanted to make him out to be this soft, jump-shooting guy and he continued to get better and better and better.
Green added that the feelings from other players are rooted in jealousy.
“All of it goes back to the old saying: They want to see you do good, but never better than them. That’s what it boils down to; that’s jealousy. They want to see you do extremely good, but they never want to see you do better than them — and he’s doing better than a lot of people."