It seemed like New York Knicks small forward Cam Reddish had started to hit his stride this season. Unfortunately, he might need to stay on the sidelines for a while after sustaining a groin injury in the team's bout versus the Golden State Warriors on Friday. And the reason for his injury? He believes chasing Steph Curry around on defense may have played a part.
"It was fun," Reddish said after the game. "It was competing against the greatest ever, to be honest. It was fun. Tough, too. He's non-stop moving. That's probably why my groin is hurting. But I enjoy the competition."
Curry is undoubtedly one of the most unique offensive players of all time. He is deadly with the ball in his hands, having the ability to take any defender off the dribble or shoot in their face.
However, his off-ball movement is what makes him so potent and unlocks Golden State's juggernaut of an offense. It is common for Curry's opponents to run around in the half-court for what feels like forever to try to limit his touches and shots.
Evidently, guarding the eight-time All-Star requires a high level of conditioning. Otherwise, the defender might get himself hurt, like Reddish. Because of the injury, the former No. 10 draft pick's string of eight consecutive starts is in danger of getting snapped.
Interestingly, Reddish heaped high praises for the Warriors superstar, calling him "the greatest ever." As remarkable as he may have been, Curry is not exactly the popular choice in GOAT discussions.
What is clear is that the 34-year-old is the best shooter of all time - and there's no competition.
Considering how highly he thinks of Curry, perhaps Reddish can learn a thing or two from the two-time MVP when it comes to shooting. That way, the 23-year-old can improve his field goal efficiency (39.3% from the field and 32.5% from beyond the arc for his career) and learn how to cover Curry without getting injured again.