Millionaire Analyst Branded ‘Michael Jordan Mafia Squad’ by NBA Fans for Claiming Stephen Curry Would Surpass LeBron James

Published 06/19/2022, 6:30 PM EDT
Jun 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds up the Most Valuable Player Trophy after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six in the 2022 NBA Finals at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Stephen A. Smith has predicted that Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors would repeat in 2023 to bag a total of five NBA championships in under a decade. If Stephen Curry wins a fifth championship ring, he would surpass LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal in terms of total championships. This will strengthen Curry’s claim as a top-ten all-time player.

This claim from Stephen A. Smith comes in the wake of the Warriors winning their fourth NBA championship in eight years. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the NBA finals to cement their place in NBA history as a legitimate dynasty. Stephen Curry won his first-ever Finals MVP after averaging over 30 points in the entire series.

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ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith boldly predicted on First Take that Stephen Curry and the Warriors would repeat their championship victory in 2023. Therefore, Curry will surpass LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal in rings.

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This prediction has enraged many NBA fans. According to them, this is yet another attempt by Smith to affect LeBron James’ claim as the greatest player ever. Incidentally, Smith has expressed his bias towards Michael Jordan as the ‘GOAT’ in the past.

Therefore, LeBron fans reacted on social media in numbers to Smith’s grandiose claim. Here are some of the best reactions.

Most fans were not impressed by Smith’s claims and made their feelings known in the comments.

Stephen Curry wins his fourth NBA championship

Stephen Curry secured his fourth NBA championship after the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 103-90 in game 6 of the NBA finals. Curry dominated the game from the beginning at TD Garden. He ended up with 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.

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As a result, Curry bagged his first-ever Finals MVP, averaging over 30 points in the series. This finally puts to bed the criticisms against his previous finals debacles. Curry led his team throughout the playoffs to secure a flawless championship win.

A fourth ring makes Curry’s case for a top ten all-time spot stronger. He now has as many rings as LeBron James and Shaq. One more ring might definitively hurl him into the coveted top ten category.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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