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As you can see, once we adjust for the era, Westbrook has the statistical edge. This is not to discredit Robertson and his unprecedented accomplishments. He shouldn’t have to apologize for the era in which he played, nor should he be excluded from consideration as one of the best ever. The Big O was a transcendent basketball player who broke barriers on and off the court and changed the league for the better. Also, let’s not pretend playing 44.3 minutes a night is a walk in the park — no matter how talent-starved the league was back then.
Curry has been the most recent victim of this growing trend, with the likes of Oscar Robertson and others marginalizing the historic accomplishments of the Golden State Warriors star and reigning MVP with their self-serving commentary. “Yeah, for me personally in my career I’ve done nothing but big-up the guys who paved the way for us,” James told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m respectful to all the guys who paved the way, the greats, guys who were role players, guys who were part of a championship team or was not. I’ve always been respectful, so it does kind of suck when you’ve got guys who played before us and paved the way for us (and) …they like to talk down on a lot of our players, saying, ‘Well if they played in our era it wouldn’t be the same.’”
Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson told ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Thursday that Curry’s success is largely due to today’s style of play, which isn’t as physical as back in the day. Retired players Stephen Jackson (2006-07 Warriors) and Cedric Ceballos (1993-94 Suns) both have said their former teams could have beaten the Warriors team. The Warriors. At 52-5, Golden State has the best record in NBA history after 57 games. “It’s starting to get a little annoying just because it’s kind of unwarranted from across the board. We have a very competent group, and we have fun when we’re out there on the floor, and it shows, obviously. We enjoy what we do. But for the most part, you don’t hear us talking about, you know, comparing ourselves to other great teams and ‘We could beat this team, we’re better than this team.’ We’re living in the moment,” Curry said on the “Warriors Plus/Minus” podcast by the Bay Area News Group on Friday.