LeBron James’ Former Cavs Teammate Rushes to the Aid of Steph Curry Amid Massive Criticism

Published 01/03/2021, 2:57 PM EST
December 12, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors are experiencing a slow start to their 2021 campaign, and everyone is piling the blame on Steph Curry for his ineffective leadership. Fans are thronging to criticize the 2-time MVP, but a former rival of Curry has come rushing to his aid! 

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The Warriors are once again without Klay Thompson this season and seem to struggle without the All-Star shooting guard on the court. They still have Curry running the floor, but things aren’t working out for the historic 73-win franchise at the moment. 

Former Cavs player defends Steph Curry against his ex-teammate

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The internet is showing no mercy, and fans and analysts are targeting Steph Curry for the Warriors’ disappointing start to the 2020/21 NBA season.

In fact, former NBA player Channing Frye even made a statement highlighting how the Warriors only won championships when there were 5 Hall of Famers present on the team. 

Frye mentioned that Curry is finding it hard to cope without fellow superstars on the team and that he should restore the Warriors’ winning ways by himself to cement a greater legacy. 

“Until the Warriors go back without him, it’s like, ‘Well, you had to have a stacked team with five Hall of Famers on it.’ … This is the question, and this is unfair, but can Steph do that now?” Frye stated.

Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Now Frye made a few more statements on Curry and the new-look Warriors, and this caught the attention of Richard Jefferson, who has played together with Frye for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Jefferson sent out an indirect response to critics and his former teammate Channing Frye by validating every championship that Steph Curry won with the Golden State Warriors

“I don’t understand the whole Steph played with Hall of Famers and that’s why they won Championships…. NO, They won CHAMPIONSHIPS and that’s what makes them future Hall of Famers… Let’s start with that!!” Jefferson tweeted. 

Is it too early to pile all the blame on Curry?

The Warriors have played 5 games so far, and they’ve lost more than they’ve won. It is not the best start, but it feels like people are jumping on Curry and Golden State too early without giving them time to gel as a unit. 

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The Warriors are struggling, but Curry has been doing everything he can to push the team towards a winning mindset. He’s currently averaging 26.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, but the other players on the team such as Andrew Wiggins need to step up more.

Dec 27, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives the ball defended by Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

It seems as if the team requires some time to settle in as a unit and find plays together. They have immense talent, but collective success remains to be a milestone they’re yet to touch. 

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It is indeed hard for Steph Curry to bring back the old glory days, but he’s still one of the best in the league. The 32-year-old is facing the heat at the moment, but can he fight back and make his franchise the best in the West, again?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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