Stephen Curry trash-talked Kobe Bryant as rookie … it didn’t go well
Stephen Curry hasn’t always been the awe-inspiring and seemingly unstoppable force he has developed into over his nearly seven NBA seasons. At one point, he was a bright-eyed rookie trying to find his way … but nevertheless was a player that apparently already possessed some semblance of the confidence that has propelled him to superstardom, an MVP award and an NBA title.
The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter recently conducted an interview with GQ magazine during which he recalled one egregious rookie mistake he made when foolishly trying to talk smack to none other than the Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant himself.
The game in question appears to be a March 2010 match-up. In a discussion about Bryant’s final All-Star Game in his farewell tour season, Curry described how he may have far overstepped the boundaries of his rookie status.
“Our rookie year we were playing at Oracle and they had a 3-point lead down the stretch,” Curry recalled. “He got fouled, going to the free throw line to ice the game with two free throws. As he’s walking from one end of the court to the other, I’m this rookie that’s just kind of living in the moment and I walk up to him as he’s walking to the free throw line: ‘Hey, man, you nervous about these free throws?’ The look he gave me was so just mean and cold. Just like, ‘What are you talking about? Get out of my face, you dumb rookie.’ He obviously made the two free throws and they won. I’ll remember that look he gave me forever.”
Bryant obviously long ago passed the “Big Dog” torch to the likes of Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, among many, many others of the same youthful ilk. But the Black Mamba probably to this day could provoke a shiver in each and every one of his NBA superstar descendants with his patented intimidating death glare.
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