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Charles Barkley on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s just a great shooter’

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Charles Barkley is known for his contrarian ways and his affinity for old-school basketball when compared to the modern game. Adding that backdrop to his dismissive opinion of the Golden State Warriors as the team made an impressive and dominant run to an NBA title, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that he has provided a lackluster endorsement for the all-around game possessed by Stephen Curry, arguably the most dominant basketball player on the planet at the moment.

The “Inside the NBA” analyst made waves last season when he blew off the notion that the Warriors could win an NBA championship with their style of play, famously stating, “Jump-shooting teams don’t win titles.” Barkley was subsequently mocked and ridiculed when the Warriors did in fact prove otherwise.

Barkely has since changed his tune about the Warriors as the team embarked on a dominating run to a historic 48-4 record … but only to a certain extent. He was asked during an interview with Dime Magazine Thursday about Curry and despite repeated opportunities to indicate otherwise, Barkley wouldn’t budge from his position that Curry is a great shooter and little else.

The interview began with the attempt to draw a comparison between the dominance of Shaquille O’Neal in the early 2000s and how Curry is taking over games this season.
“He’s just a great shooter,” Barkley replied. “It’s a totally different animal.”That’s when he was given a chance to change his tune.

But he’s more than a shooter, right? Because he’s –

No. He’s not more than a shooter. He’s just a great shooter.

So, he’s not an incredible playmaker? Doesn’t make the game easier on his teammates? Stuff like that?

I wouldn’t say that. But he’s not a great playmaker. He’s just a great shooter.

Barkley obviously is as stubborn as they come, so it’s no surprise he’s sticking to his guns on his opinion of Curry. But that certainly doesn’t make him right, as most people would — and arguably should — disagree wholeheartedly with his contrarian assessment. A simple eye test provides a compelling counterargument. Curry’s stats then provide all the backup needed.