Steve Nash on Stephen Curry: 'He's taken what I did to another level'

When Steve Nash talks about Stephen Curry, you listen. Nash is the closest stylistic analog for Curry, and Curry has been one of Nash's favorite players to watch for a while. The two have been compared for years, and Curry grew up emulating Nash. Now, as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Nash is working with Curry.

The future Hall of Famer put Curry's dominance into historical context in a conversation with the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami:

-Q: Is it fair to say that Curry is becoming maybe one of the top 10 players of all-time? Can we say that?

-NASH: I don’t have a problem with it. To me, growing up, my hero, other than Michael Jordan, was Isiah Thomas.

But in some ways I wish I was a 13 year old starting to play basketball for the first time so I could grow up watching him play and emulating him. That’d be pretty powerful.

You know, I hope my son likes basketball. (Matteo is five.)

-Q: So Curry could be a transformative figure maybe the way Bird and Magic brought in that level of passing, then Jordan with above the rim, then maybe you and Jason Kidd with a different kind of point-guard play? Do you see this happening now?

-NASH: It’s the evolution of the game. We’re seeing someone… I hate to put myself in this statement, but he’s taken what I did to another level.

I mean, the ability to find openings, to shoot going right or left, off one leg, either side of the rim, with the range, the variety… he’s doing things I never did.

The game’s evolving… and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s about skill and dedication, commitment and inspiring a whole generation.

It’s awesome to see. And think it’ll be fascinating to see what the next evolution will be because of Steph.

Nash is one of Curry's biggest basketball influences, so I hope someone tells the reigning MVP that the two-time MVP wishes he got to emulate him as a kid. The whole thing is well worth your time, and Nash also explains the differences between the two of them -- Nash did some of the same things as Curry, but his mentality was different because he was a point guard for his whole life and was always extremely mindful of getting everybody else involved.

Curry being the most dangerous player in the NBA is the most obvious example of how the game has changed. His 3-point shooting is unprecedented and his skillset is unmatched. Having Nash on the Warriors' staff is special because it's extremely rare for a superstar to wind up working with his evolutionary predecessor. 

It's also nice to hear a retired player say he would like to be growing up watching today's players. The whole "things were better in my day" thing is getting, well, old.

Steve Nash admires Stephen Curry.  (USATSI)
Steve Nash admires Stephen Curry. (USATSI)
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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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