Reggie Miller Just Tried To Compare Himself To Steph Curry, And I Think I Feel Bad For Reggie Miller
New Yorker- “He still has a lot of chapters to write,” Miller said, “but, right now, you could certainly consider him among the top five shooters of all time. The streak that Steph has been on since last season rivals the greats of the game. It’s hard to say he’s better than Larry Bird or he’s better than Steve Kerr, his coach, because those guys did it for much longer. But for this short a period he’s in that group. And he keeps improving. If he can beat his own record for most threes in a season, then you’ve got to consider him one of the best ever.”
“All truly great shooters—Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Chris Mullin—we always believed that we were the best shooters in the world,” Miller continued. “So, yeah, I’d take down Steph at my peak. Sure, my form wasn’t as good as his. But it’s all about results, man.”
And this, my friends, is why professional athletes struggle to adjust to life outside of basketball. Reggie Miller is one of my favorite players of all-time. I grew up to him terrorizing Knicks fans, and I loved every second of it. That's why I try my damnedest to forget that he is the same person responsible for a barely listenable analysis on TNT. Regardless, the truly great players will never concede that there are players that are better than them, and this is a prime example of that. The competitiveness that fueled Miller's career, is the same competitiveness that makes him look like a buffoon when he says things like this.
Do you know how much it pained Reggie Miller to admit that Steph Curry, a guy that broke the record for three pointers in a season last year and is set to SHATTER his own record this year, is only one of the best shooters ever? I appreciate what Reg brought to the game, but Steph Curry, limited sample size or not, puts it to shame. Reggie Miller at his peak won zero MVP's. Reggie Miller at his peak won zero championships. If we are talking strictly shooting then Reggie Miller at his peak shot the same percentage from 3 that Steph Curry shot last year, and Steph is blowing that number out of the water this year.
All Reggie Miller currently has over Steph Curry is second place on the list that Steph Curry, barring serious injury, will be on top of before his career is even close to over. Honestly, just making this about shooting is a disservice to Curry. He is in the middle of the single greatest stretch in NBA history. His spectacular shooting obviously plays a large in that, but it's merely a secondary argument when you can say, without sounding like a crazy person, that Steph Curry is playing the best basketball ever. You don't even need to bring up the 45% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Forget the fact that Steph Curry is a primary ball handler, and his average degree of difficulty is unparalleled. All you have to do to prove that Steph Curry is already potentially the greatest shooter ever is to "look at the results, man".
Drop it Steph, DROP IT!