Stephen Curry Isn’t “Good Yet”, Wants to Achieve a Feat Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan Have Already Cherished

Published 06/21/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Four NBA titles, two MVPs, one Finals MVP, Stephen Curry has won it all; apart from one thing – an Olympic gold medal. That is the only achievement that’s missing from his life. Thus, he aims for that now. After the NBA title victory, coach Steve Kerr spoke about the significant achievement.

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After the celebrations, the celebratory parade saw him responding to those claims and trolled Kerr. The likes of Curry and Kerr joining hands together in 2024 would be sensational.

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Stephen Curry aims for Paris 2024 Olympics

With all his achievements in NBA, Curry is right up there with the best. However, not appearing for the Olympic Games is a major miss in his illustrious resume. When coach Kerr was asked whether he was an all-time great, Kerr responded, “No, he’s missing an Olympic Gold Medal, and I think he really has to focus on being on the 2024 Olympic Team.”

A competitive guy like Curry doesn’t forget moments like these. Therefore, he spoke about his plans for the future and had a banter with Kerr. “No, I’m not good yet ‘cause I got to go play for coach Kerr in ‘24 in Paris. That wasn’t a, ‘I’m going to do it.’ That was just what he said,” said Curry.

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It’s true. Curry would hope to win an Olympic gold medal to cement his legacy. As for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Team USA won the gold medal in a continuing tradition of winning medals. He explained the reasons for his withdrawal from the Olympics.

Missed the Tokyo Olympics 2020

The sensational point guard talked about taking the off-season seriously in order to improve his recovery after a tough season. As the Tokyo Olympics were amidst COVID protocols among other issues, he values the off-season and wants to spend time with his family. He loves playing golf and also talked about respecting the players who went to play.

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Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts during warm ups before game one of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

He missed the 2016 Rio Olympics as he was recovering from ankle and knee injuries, but appeared at the World Championships, winning two gold medals with Team USA. But the Olympic medal still eludes him.

When compared to other NBA greats, Curry is still behind. Former Lakers center, Shaquille O’Neal won one gold medal, and Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan won two gold medals. Likewise, LeBron James won two gold medals and one bronze medal. Therefore, with the Paris Olympics happening in two years’ time, Curry can hope to get his hands on his first Olympic gold medal.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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