Marcus Thompson is a columnist for the Bay Area News Group, which provides him with plenty of insight into the Golden State Warriors. He wrote a book, released Tuesday, titled"Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry."
Curry exploded onto the scene in recent years, winning back-to-back MVP awards, including the first ever unanimous decision. He's been mostly adored by the media, and this has upset many big players in the NBA, according to Thompson.
The columnist appeared on "The Big Lead" radio show over the weekend and explained why players such as LeBron James and Russell Westbrook don't like Curry.
"I think if you ask them and they're being honest, they don't like all the hype he gets, and they have to direct it that way. I think, out of all of them, if somebody doesn'tlikeSteph Curry, I think it's probably Westbrook. He just shows no sign of ... this ain't really about Steph, it's bigger. His seems to be, 'I don't like that dude.' But LeBron and them, I think they will say, 'Man, I like Steph. We can have a conversation.' But 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. They want to take him down."
Thompson brought up a key moment in last year's NBA Finals when James blocked Curry's shot in Game 6. After blocking it, James turned back and trash-talked Curry. Thompson noted you "never see him do that against anybody else." He says part of what feeds into that is players want to "go the extra mile to disprove [Curry's] hype."
Thompson also brought up the history Curry and James have, dating back to the guard's college days at Davidson. He discussed how James would show up to Curry's games and would essentionally act as a "mentor" towards the younger player.
But as the two players' NBA careers reached their prime, Thompson says they quit being buddy-buddy, and a rivalry evolved.
"He was a big fan of Curry, he would go to Curry's games at Davidson, and even when theygot to the NBA, they had moments where LeBron was looking at him like, ‘wow’ and then Steph kind of like challenged LeBron’s status. The part that’s odd for Steph – why does that mean there has to be some beef between us? He loves LeBron, he 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 kind of follow the model you carried out? So there's an interesting dynamic there, and it’s not just with LeBron, Steph wants to be accepted by all these guys. This is what he worked for. For youto say, ‘you'reone of us.’ Itseems like they don’t want to give that to him. Not yet anyway."
Thompson goes more in depth, but explains that Curry's sudden rise was a big factor into other players not liking him, and that the guard is genuinely upset by it. In addition to James and Westbrook, Thompson says Chris Paul is another player upset by Curry's rise. He also says Hall-of-Famers have taken notice by his sudden stardom and can't believe how much respect he's earned.