Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal reveals why he used to hate Stephen Curry earlier on in the Warriors star’s career, but changed his tune later.
Wardell Stephen Curry is a transcendent player, to say the least. The Chef’s range and skill level is arguably the highest the NBA has ever seen. And every time he chooses to display his dominance, he is arguably the greatest show in NBA history.
Of course, he wasn’t one of the greatest from the very start. It took time for the Baby-Faced Assassin to start launching from deep like there was no tomorrow. And even when he did, there were many that kept doubting his ability for a long time.
Former NBA player and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal recently admitted that he used to be a part of this crowd. But as time went on, he also revealed why Curry became his favorite player in the NBA.
Shaquille O’Neal reveals why he turned from a hater to admirer of the ability of Stephen Curry
Shaq is no stranger to hating on players. His comments about the likes of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have gotten him into hot water this season alone. And it seems that much like them, Stephen Curry was a target of his earlier on his career as well.
But as time went on, Shaquille O’Neal very publicly started referring to the Warriors superstar as his favorite player in the NBA. Fans were a bit stunned by the sudden change in the analyst’s feelings around the player at the time. And after keeping the reason to himself for quite some time, O’Neal finally revealed it to the world very recently.
Stephen Curry from the parking lot! pic.twitter.com/vWxiDDguvI
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 26, 2021
During his appearance on the ‘All the Smoke’ podcast alongside Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, this is what he had to say on the matter.
“I used to hate him early on in his career… (I’d say), ‘He ain’t gonna make that’. But he kept proving me wrong and that’s why he’s my best player…I like being proved wrong. So my message to these young cats: When I say something, prove me wrong.”
It certainly is a very Shaq-like thing to say prove me wrong. And Stephen Curry certainly did, along with millions worldwide, leaving no doubt that he is indeed the greatest shooter of all time.