Kevin Durant took no prisoners while pointing out the different ways in which both James Harden and Stephen Curry get double-teamed.
Both Harden and Stephen Curry have won the NBA’s coveted scoring title twice. Both Steph and James Harden have become accustomed to seeing double-teams on the regular. But while Harden is one of the greatest iso players of all time, Curry is a different breed of player.
Curry roves around the court through a barrage of screens in order to position himself for a 3-point shot. This often opens up situations where 2,3 or sometimes even 4 players converge on him. This is what most basketball fans refer to as his off-ball gravity.
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The problem with double-teaming Harden regularly is that he’s one of the greatest passers in the game. It is very tough to box the Beard into situations where he doesn’t generate an open look either for himself or for his teammates.
Despite this obvious disadvantage, multiple opposition coaches had no choice but to throw full-court coverages at the man during his historic scoring run in the 2018-19 season. They were willing to let the Rockets’ role players beat him in order to prevent him from getting his own.
A fan who understands the game of basketball and has followed the league would definitely respect how game-breaking both of them are.
“James Harden didn’t get doubled like Stephen Curry?”: Kevin Durant’s response to a Warriors fan
NBA Twitter, however, tends to over-represent the more casual fanbase. And for some reason or the other, KD chooses to single them out for special treatment.
He was in a chatroom yesterday with some basketball fans. There were a lot of misinformed, misguided souls who chose to argue basketball with one of the all-time greats.
“Why didn’t you ask KD about how he was doing? Y’all kept badgering him about Steph Curry.”
“Because I don’t care about that. Why do I care how he’s doing? I don’t care about that. Why do I give 2 shits about that?”
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) July 17, 2021
It’s a very simple thing to understand and appreciate great players for who they are. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden or any of those NBA players don’t harbor ill feelings for each other. It’d probably be best if a few of their stans learnt to live the same way.