Steve Kerr on Michael Jordan's Steph Curry Comment: He Has Own HOF in His Head

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2019

FILE - This March 6, 2018 file photo shows Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif.  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday, April 23, that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr fired back at Michael Jordan's assertion that Stephen Curry is not yet a Hall of Famer, saying MJ has a Hall of Fame "in his own head." 

"I think Michael has his own Hall of Fame," Kerr told reporters Tuesday. "It's in his own head—so whatever that is, then that's what it is."

Kerr was responding to Jordan's comments made in a Today interview with Craig Melvin, which has seen various interpretations. Jordan says he would not change his all-time starting five he gave six years ago—Magic Johnson, himself, James Worthy, Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon—because of his familiarity with the players.

Melvin asked if Curry should take offense, to which Jordan replied by saying Curry is not a Hall of Famer yet. The full-context interpretation could be taken one of three ways, the likeliest being that Curry has literally not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Others have interpreted Jordan's comments as a joke or a slight to Curry.

If Jordan meant that Curry does not have the resume of a Hall of Famer yet, he's likely wrong. Curry is, by any measure, one of the 20-25 greatest players in basketball history. He's one of 13 players in league history with multiple MVPs and one of only four back-to-back winners in the last quarter-century. Add in three championships, six All-Star appearances and six All-NBA selections, and Curry appears to be a bonafide first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Curry is also almost single-handedly responsible for the three-point revolution in basketball, making him one of the most influential players in league history. What Jordan was to isolation basketball and LeBron James is to emphasizing well-rounded play, Curry is to shooting. While the evolution of the league likely would have eventually dictated an emphasis on threes, Curry's ascent to superstardom hastened that shift.

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Whether Jordan was being literal or joking, his comments have clearly drawn the attention of coaches, fans and media alike.