Any time former Golden State Warriors head coach and current ESPN commentator Mark Jackson is assigned to a Warriors game, you know you’re in for a treat. Christmas Day was no exception.
Jackson stepped up on his box to explain how NBA MVP Steph Curry is ‘hurting the game’.
Steph Curry’s great. Steph Curry’s the MVP. He’s a champion. Understand what I’m saying when I say this. He’s hurting the game. And what I mean by that is that I go into these high school gyms, I watch these kids, and the first thing they do is they run to the 3-point line. You are not Steph Curry. Work on the other aspects of the game. People think that he’s just a knock-down shooter.
There’s a way that what Jackson said isn’t terrible, but it’s hard to assume that when considering the source.
In theory, kids growing up shouldn’t just hang out at the three-point line. They should work on developing all aspects of their game.
That’s the part that isn’t that terrible.
As for the rest? Every kid since the invention of the three-point line wants to jack threes. If the young player can’t dunk, odds are that player is trying to shoot threes.
By the way, kids try to imitate pros all the time. Imitation wasn’t invented by Curry. Kobe Bryant imitated Michael Jordan–as did everyone growing up in the 90s.
It appears this is just another rock that Jackson is trying to throw at the Warriors’ window, and Andrew Bogut has had enough.
Andrew Bogut to @SpearsNBAYahoo on Mark Jackson: "Anything he says you take with a grain of salt, and you can quote me on that."
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) December 26, 2015
The Warriors beat the Cavaliers 89-83.