Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry has reason to be supremely confident. He's been the best player on his team for years, and he knows it. So when Giannis Antetokounmpo called him the best player in the world during an interview on Sunday, Curry was quick to brush it off.
Compliment or gamesmanship?
During the Milwaukee Bucks' media day, the Greek hoops superstar declared that he was not the best player in the world, but instead, it was Curry who recently led the Warriors to their fourth championship in the last eight years.
“Do I believe I'm the best player in the world? No. I think the best player in the world is the person that is the last one standing. The person that takes his team to the Finals, to the finish line, and helps them win games and become champion,” said Antetokounmpo. “I believe the best player in the world is Steph Curry.”
While Antetokounmpo is downplaying his greatness—especially after leading the Bucks to the NBA title in 2021—he certainly has a point regarding Curry. Giannis failed to get the job done last season, falling to the Boston Celtics, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series they led 3-2. On the other hand, Curry and the Warriors overcame the odds and the Celtics in the NBA Finals, winning the series 4-2.
With 13 seasons under his belt, Curry has established himself as one of the best players in the history of the NBA. He's a two-time MVP and four-time champion, and he's still going strong at 34 years old. So it's no surprise he wouldn't let Antetokounmpo get into his head with some gamesmanship.
"I don't know if it was gamesmanship," Curry said during the team's media session. "I would've said the same thing about the champions. I said the same thing about him last year. I appreciate the compliment. It's not going to soften me at all."
Curry has won plenty of accolades in his highly-decorated career. However, he enters the new season just as hungry as ever to add more hardware to his collection. With the Warriors' core group of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green still intact, they will be one of the favorites to win it all again in 2022-23.