Rick Barry is a Hall of Famer. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 1975. He’s the only player in basketball history to ever lead the NCAA, NBA and ABA in scoring. He averaged more than 27 points per game in the postseason, trailing only Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Jerry West, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Barry, in short, was unstoppable.
But Steph Curry? He’s even more unstoppable.
“Eventually they’re going to lose a basketball game, obviously,” Barry, the Warriors legend, said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “When that’s going to happen, I don’t know. They’re a very exciting team to watch. Steph is one of the guys I put in the category of an anomaly. Players that are anomalies – there just haven’t been players like him before. Charles Barkley was one. I mentioned LeBron. I think Steph falls into that category.”
Curry notched his sixth 40-point game of the season on Wednesday in a 116-99 win over Charlotte. The best part? He needed only three quarters to do it, scoring 28 points in the third quarter and drilling several threes from the parking lot.
“I have never seen a player play the game with the skills and talents that Steph Curry has,” Barry said. “He’s as exciting a player as I’ve ever watched, he’s as enjoyable a player as I’ve ever watched and I really look forward to seeing him and this team play. It’s just remarkable. The guy is just so much fun to watch play. He’s one of those rare guys who’s truly worth the price of admission. He really is. And the team is just playing so well.”
Indeed, the Warriors (20-0) are off to the best start in NBA history and will go for 21-0 on Saturday when they face the Raptors (12-8) in Toronto.
Curry, however, isn’t the only person who deserves credit for Golden State’s brilliance.
“Luke Walton is doing an incredible job for never having had any head-coaching experience,” Barry said. “I think he learned a lot from Steve Kerr because when I heard him talking and he won that game against the Clippers when they were down 23 – I almost went to bed. And I said, ‘You know what? I got a feeling these guys are going to come back. I’m going to watch the third quarter and see what happens.’ And sure enough, they methodically got themselves back into that game, and I said, ‘Wow, they’re going to win this game.’ Sure enough, they wound up winning by seven. It was a great performance on their part. But when I heard what Luke said in the huddle to them, it was like listening to Steve Kerr. He was so under control. What he said was absolutely perfect. I admire what Luke has done. I thought it was great he got the Coach of the Month Award. It was awesome. He deserves it.”