The Union Democrat

Why Warriors’ coach draws parallels between Curry, Jordan


Stephen Curry is seldom compared to Michael Jordan, and the reasons are obvious: They played different positions and had completely different playing styles.

But when asked to name his favorite Curry 3-pointers Tuesday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr drew parallels between the twotime MVP and the five-time MVP Kerr once called a teammate.

“I think Steph, in a lot of ways, is like Michael Jordan,” Kerr said. “There are so many moments that they just all blend together. They don’t even stand out because that’s just what you expect. And maybe that’s the true sign of greatness.

“Every single night, (fans) are going to see something special. And when you do something over and over and over again, it’s harder for one particular night to stand out. It’s become routine for him.”

Still, at least one Curry 3-pointer is front of mind for many NBA fans: His long-distance gamewinner against the Thunder in February 2016. Mike Breen’s call — “Bang! Bang! What a shot by Curry!” — was the ideal punctuatio­n to a shot that epitomized Curry’s joyful swagger.

“Steph lifted the bar much higher in terms of what’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot,” Kerr said. “He was obviously the most capable player to do that with his skill set and the fact that he could do it off the dribble or off the catch.

“So, much of it was his mindset, too. I’ve just never seen anyone so confident and lacking any sort of discretion when it comes to shooting the ball. And I say that in a good way.”

Curry, 33, enters Wednesday’s game against Portland 15 3-pointers shy of tying Ray Allen’s NBA record of 2,973 in a career. In fewer than 800 games, Curry is about to accomplish something Allen needed 1,300 games to reach.

“It’s hard to even fathom where this record will stand when he retires,” Kerr said. “I mean, he will have obliterate­d a record that was pretty incredible in its own right, given what Ray Allen did in his career. So, it’s kind of mindnumbin­g.”

Updates: Kerr said forward Andre Iguodala, who has missed the past 10 games with a knee issue, is “a possibilit­y” for Wednesday’s game. ... The Warriors assigned rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody to their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

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