Is Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA or is the Barcelona superstar the Curry of football? That question was posed to Curry during an NBA international teleconference on Thursday and, perhaps surprisingly, Curry proved to be a major fan of the Argentine left-footer although he didn’t bite at who was the bigger global star. “I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.
“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. “I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”
The obvious answer is Laettner, but Jordan’s fomer Bulls teammate Dennis Rodman, a Hall of Famer in his own right who also won titles with Thomas in Detroit, disagrees. He says that … wait for it … Larry Bird should’ve been left off the Dream Team. Here’s what the Worm had to say during a recent interview on Sirius XM’s “NBA Today”: “I just think the fact that — I don’t know the issues of Michael (Jordan) and Magic (Johnson) and whoever, (Charles) Barkley, and stuff like that, if they didn’t like Isiah. But for me, I felt Isiah should’ve been on that team because of the fact that he deserved it,” Rodman said.
“I think that the fact that, even though a lot of people will try deny it or try to correct me when I’m wrong, he should’ve been there instead of Larry Bird. Because Larry Bird was hurt, injured, he could barely play, and he was on that last leg of his career. “I understand, again, the presidential treatment, because he did so much for the game, but I just think for Isiah, I think they should’ve put him on that team without Larry Bird, and that’s my opinion.”
Q: Is it possible that you could have worked out with the Spanish team and not played as much? Marc Gasol: I don’t know how to do things halfway. I really don’t know how to do that. When I commit to something, I fully commit. The competitive nature that I have will not allow me to do that. I decided not to be there. I went the first day of training camp to see (my Spanish teammates) and wish them luck, and have dinner with the guys. I didn’t go around after that. First of all, I was jealous. I understand how fortunate we are to play this game and to do the things that we do. To be able not to do it was tough. It wasn’t easy. Like I said, I knew coming in I’d be out of rhythm, especially with my shot. My timing was off and stuff like that.