NBA News: Phil Jackson downplays Steph Curry hype, compares him to Abdul-Rauf

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Steph Curry (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

Social media exploded when the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry suddenly droped 12 three-point shots – including a game winner at the buzzer – over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and a few others made it vocal on twitter their reactions to Stephen Curry’s performance and saying that they never seen anything like it in their entire lives.

At least for them but one comment suddenly captured the attention of many and it was from the 11-time NBA Champion, Phil Jackson.

Jackson shuts down the talks that he have seem a player like Curry before and it was in the name of Chris Jackson, who was converted to Islam later on in his career and goes by the name of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

Only one can speculate on why Jackson released statements like that.

For the record, Abdul-Rauf’s career averages are 14.6 points, 3.5 assists and shooting 35.4% from the 3-point arc. The best season that he had is with the Denver Nuggets in 1995-1996 when he had 19.8 points, 6.8 assists and shooting 39.2% from the 3-point line (which was closer that time).

On the other hand Steph Curry is currently averaging this season at 23.8 points,  7.7 assists and shooting 44.3% from the arc.

With the tweet that raised a million eyebrows, Phil Jackson has yet to elaborate why he had to compare – and downplay – Stephen Curry to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.


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