Warriors' Draymond Green explains why people love to hate on Steph Curry
If Green is right, it's a good problem to have
Stephen Curry is beloved by millions of people across the world, and especially by residents in the Bay Area. He's the two-time reigning MVP and was the leader of the team that brought an NBA title to Golden State in 2015.
He's also, increasingly, become a player people -- notably current and former NBA players -- love to hate on.
A lot of this goes with the territory of becoming a star, particular in the almost out-of-nowhere fashion that Curry did. It's the whole "build them up so we can tear them down" mentality.
But Curry seems to draw a particular kind of hate, almost like people still don't fully accept what he is as a player. Whatever the reasoning, his teammate Draymond Green has a theory for why he has started to pile up the haters: Jealousy.
In a podcast with Warriors Sports Radio, Green explained his thoughts about the matter as detailed below -- starting with his size.
Number one, looking at Steph, he's not supposed to be what he does. So that right there alone, it pisses people off. Also, he's way more than what everyone expected him to be or gave him a shot to be. I think most people looked at him 'oh man, this is a "privileged" kid' growing up. Like how did he become this? He ain't supposed to become this. This supposed to be the kid from the hood that never had nothing and had to grind for everything. But when you look at Steph's life, like they had money, but he wasn't treated like they had money ... they didn't raise him like he was a privileged kid.
People automatically think that this guy ain't from the hood, like he ain't cut from a different cloth, like he supposed to be soft. Like he's light skin so people make him out to be soft. People make him out to be a soft, jump shooting guy. And he continued to get better and better. But the No. 1 thing, whether it's former players or current players, all those that hate on Steph. Some of them will show you their hand that they're hating, and some secretly do it. It all boils down to the saying: "They want to see you do good, but never better than them." It's jealousy. But how much of this world is built on jealousy? It ain't never changing. .. and he's doing better than a lot of people.
Jealousy, huh? Well that makes a lot of sense, actually. Curry has involuntarily become the face of the new run-and-gun NBA that relies heavily on 3-point shooting, in part because he's the best pure shooter in the league. Based on Green's theory, former players might be hating on Curry because they were never able to be as successful as he is. And the same goes for current players who might never become as successful -- either on or off the court -- as Curry is.
If you're a Steph Curry hater, Green's theory might ring hollow. But it's hard to argue that jealousy is a part of it.
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