Shaquille O’Neal on Why Stephen Curry Is His Favorite NBA Player: ‘The More I Hate on Him, the More He Shuts Me Up’

Published 11/22/2021, 10:54 PM EST
November 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) and forward De’Andre Hunter (12) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Stephen Curry has always been a player who attracts fans at a big rate. His shooting supremacy and consistent performances make it hard to hate the man. Likewise, one of the most dominant players of all time, Shaquille O’Neal, also has Curry as his favorite player in the league. Recently, he explained why Steph takes the crown of his favorite player.

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After suffering a thumb injury that kept him out for most of the season, Steph has attacked like a thunderbolt in the last two seasons. He is back playing at an MVP caliber level and is the main reason Golden Warriors have the best record in the league. But, what do NBA greats think about the ‘Baby Face Assassin’? For Shaq, he wasn’t the biggest Curry fan before. But once Curry proved him wrong, he became a fan.

November 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Now, Shaq spoke about Curry, and why he is his favorite player.

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Shaquille O’Neal has seen no one like Stephen Curry

Not only is Steph one of the best players around the world, but he is also one of the most influential. Curry became the focal point of the three-point era and normalized the long-range shots. Moreover, he keeps surprising everyone with his unreal shooting touch. Shaq explained how he hasn’t seen anyone do it like Steph.

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Shaq said: “The reason why Steph is my favorite player is because I have never seen anybody do it like he does. A lot of people think I am a hater or whatever, but its not that I’m a hater. It’s just that I have seen real greatness. If you not equal or above that, you get no props from me. Steph Curry, I’ve never seen it.” He continued, saying, “I would actually go pay to see him. And the more I hate on him, the more he shuts me up.”

Having the ‘Big Aristotle’ have such praise is a big deal. For Stephen Curry, his goal is to win another championship and the Warriors have started off on the right path. They have the best record in the league with one of the best defense as well. Curry has been a big part of their offense and continues to break his own limits.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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