After having to sit out due to an ankle injury Friday night and having to watch his team, the Chicago Bulls, lose to the undefeated Golden State Warriors, star point guard Derrick Rose had some kind words about the reigning MVP. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Rose said that Stephen Curry is an amazing player and his great play is pushing everyone in the league to worker harder and play better.
“He’s amazing, man,” Rose told Slam. “He’s playing great basketball. If anything, he pushes not only me but the whole league to work on their game (with) the way he has been working, the way he has focused and how consistent he has been playing.”
The Warriors beat the Bulls 106-94 on Friday and improved their record to 14-0. Curry led Golden State with 27 points while Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 28 points.
Earlier this week, the Warrior’s player development consultant and two-time MVP Steve Nash praised Curry for his great play. Speaking to Talking Points, a Mercury News blog, Nash said that Curry is the most skilled player to ever step foot in the league. However, the former Phoenix Suns point guard would not compare Curry to the great one – Michael Jordan.
“I wouldn’t compare him to Michael Jordan–I wouldn’t compare anybody to Michael,” Nash told Talking Points’ Tim Kawakami. “But I would say Steph is turning into a historical category of his own, in a way. […] He’s in the prime of his career and will be for a few years and the way he’s improving and the level he’s playing at is… I think he’s unlike anyone else. His ability to make shots and still handle the play-making duties is historic. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a player more skilled than him in the history of the game.”
Even though Curry is getting all these compliments, the Warriors would not be where they are if it weren’t for their team game and versatile roster. Currently, they are at 14-0, which is a franchise best, but they still want to increase their win streak because they are setting their eyes on making league history by starting the season off 15-0. On Friday, Curry told USA Today that it would be a “huge accomplishment” to meet that goal and experience “something that hasn’t been done in the history of the league.” Via Slam:
“It’s a goal that’s right here and now, and that’s something that we want to experience,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said after finishing with 27 points. “It would be a huge accomplishment, because obviously doing something that hasn’t been done in the history of the league is special, but you never know if this opportunity will come back again.”