Book: LeBron James, other NBA stars have ‘disdain’ for Stephen Curry
According to the author of a new Stephen Curry biography, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are among the NBA players who have “disdain” for the Golden State Warriors superstar.
Marcus Thompson, author of the recently published “Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry,” suggests in the book a handful of Curry’s peers aren’t fond of all the hype he has received in his ascension to elite status.
Thompson discussed the notion Curry is not well-liked among his NBA peers during an appearance on “The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre” over the weekend.
“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,” Thompson said during the interview, as transcribed by CBS Sports. “I think, out of all of them, if somebody doesn’t like Steph 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 that burns them about the fact that Steph is the one that is exalted and because of that they want to go at him and demean his hype. They want to take him down.”
Thompson goes on to say that Curry is somewhat taken aback by the perceived disdain.
“So there’s an interesting dynamic there, and it’s not just with LeBron. Steph wants to be accepted by all these guys,” Thompson said, as transcribed by Business Insider. “This is what he worked for. For you to say, ‘You’re one of us.’ It seems like they don’t want to give that to him. Not yet anyway.”
There arguably seems to be some semblance of pettiness on the part of the players mentioned by Thompson. Is it spawned by a jealousy based in their belief Curry was staked an easier path than they were forced to navigate? If so, it’s certainly a dubious contention, if accurate, to say the least.