Many ex-NBA players, most notably Oscar Robertson, have been the loudest critics of the Warriors and Steph Curry. They contend their success is strictly the product of an offensive friendly NBA era with rules that limit defensive contact. They say the Warriors wouldn’t stand up to the physical pounding of the old NBA.
NBA Hall of Famer, and Golden State Warriors legend, Rick Barry joined The Herd today and said he’s a fan of the Warriors style of play.
“They are so fun and so exciting to watch. Steph Curry is one of the most exciting players I’ve ever watched play the game. I love watching him. This is what it’s about. This is what the game should be. When it gets that way and most of the other teams start to finally copy that, it’s really going to get good.”
He also added that he’s in awe of Steph Curry and doesn’t understand former players’ criticisms of the reigning MVP.
“I love these players and I’m so disappointed. I have great respect for all these guys who have made these comments about Steph in particular. Steph is a great basketball player and there is no way that anyone is going to shut him down.”
Regarding the upcoming Finals, Barry thinks the Warriors will be mentally prepared to face the Cavs because they’re at full strength. He felt the Warriors underestimated Cleveland in last year’s Finals because they were missing two of their stars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Golden State needed 6 games to dispense of the undermanned Cavs squad.