Iman Shumpert and JR Smith battled against Klay Thompson and Steph Curry several times. These former Cleveland Cavaliers know what it’s like facing the Golden State Warrior shooters under the brightest lights, and one thing is for sure: don’t let their light skin fool you.
“Them motherf***ers ain’t soft”
Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are often referred to as light skin by jealous competition and fanbases. It's a shot in the direction of the comments white players usually receive, being labeled as soft and not athletic. While Klay and Steph don’t have spring on their legs like Ja Morant, these two are definitely not soft. Just ask their former rivals, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith.
Smith guested on Shumpert’s podcast, and the two talked about how tough Klay and Steph were.
- Shumpert: “Steph and Klay ain’t no b*tch.”
- Smith: “Nah, they ain’t. That’s the funny thing ’cause everybody be like, ‘Man, look at the little light skin boys. Like they’re soft asses.’ Like, nah, them motherf***ers ain’t soft.”
Iman then talked about how he hit Steph in the ribs, and Klay came right back at him with no hesitation. Similar moves would intimidate other players but not these GSW stars. Shumpert added how he loved Thompson’s attitude and Steph’s trash talking.
“I love aggression. That’s why I love Klay Thompson to this day, bro. ’Cause that man was ready to swing on me. I love him, I love that guy. Steph too, man. Steph was talking shot. Called me a b*tch and everything bro.”
Splash brothers are tough
Don’t let their skin tone and perceived lack of athleticism fool you. Steph and Klay could give and take some physicality. Curry has improved his finishing around the rim and has bulked up so he can absorb contact and still make shots. You can’t punk Curry anymore. Meanwhile, Klay has also improved his decision-making and shot selection. He’s no longer the catch-and-shoot scorer that he was. Instead, Thompson has added attacks to the basket in his offensive arsenal.
Before, the team’s enforcers would try to take the superstars away from their game. They would roughhouse them intentionally or play mind games with them. But it doesn't work on the Splash Brothers. Take it from Iman and JR, who didn’t hesitate to gift anyone with hard fouls.
That’s what makes the Warriors even scarier. The team almost has no weaknesses. You have to defend them with skills and with intelligence. When you try to take the ball away from these shooters, it’s picking your poison. The Splash Brothers are tough; to stop them, you must have a game plan and be mentally and physically ready. "Just rough them up" is not good enough. JR Smith and Iman Shumpert survived the series and lived to tell the tale.