Golden State Warriors superstar, Stephen Curry, has reacted to the compliment he received from Milwaukee Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The 2022 finals MVP while talking during Warriors media day, reacted after a journalist told him that Giannis Antetokounmpo called him the best.
Going into the new NBA season, ESPN, in their usual rankings for a new season, ranked Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the league, while Steph Curry was put in distance 5th position.
NBA Top 10 Players going into the 2022/23 season
Despite Stephen Curry winning his first-ever NBA Finals, and leading the Warriors to their 4th title in 8 years, he was only ranked as 5th best in the league.
His performance during the regular season was given as the reason he could only occupy the 5th spot for the second season in a row.
But Giannis Antetokounmpo who was ranked as the number one player said Stephen Curry earned the right to be the number one guy.
“Do I believe that I’m one of the best players in the league, the way I help my team be great and win games, it’s efficient and effective? Yeah, I do believe [that],” Giannis said.
“Do I believe I’m the best player in the world? No. I think the best player in the world is the person who is the last one standing…
“Two years ago when we did that, when I was sleeping in my bed, I was like, ‘Yeah, maybe I am the best player in the world.’ You know?
“But now, no… I believe the best player in the world is Steph Curry.”
On the same day, Stephen Curry who was unaware of the compliment from Giannis Antetokounmpo was asked by a journalist what he thought about it.
“Thanks for telling me that,” Curry said to reporters with a smile. “Thank you, Giannis.”
“So, I appreciate the compliment,” Curry said.
“It’s not going to soften me up to get complacent at all.
“But you do appreciate the respect of your peers to say stuff like that, and I’ve been in the situation where I’m complimenting guys around the league a lot as well.”
The Sixers v Celtics and Warriors v Lakers will open the 77th NBA regular season which will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, and conclude on Sunday, April 9, 2023.
The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place from Tuesday, April 11 – Friday, April 14, followed by the start of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on Saturday, April 15.
Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals is scheduled to be played on Thursday, June 1.