Even though he had to eat some crow at the beginning of this NBA season byacknowledging that he was wrong about the Warriors’ potential last season,Charles Barkley has still found ways to be critical of Golden State over the last few months. While speaking about the comparisons between this year’s Warriors and the 1995-96 Bulls team that went 72-10, Barkley said that those Bulls would “kill” the Warriors. He also said that, if this year’s Warriors played back in the 1990s, they would have gotten “mauled.” And now, Barkley has gone on the record and said that he doesn’t necessarily believe Steph Curry is as dominating a player as other people do.
During a sit-down interview with Dime in Toronto last night, Barkley was asked if he thinks what Curry is doing now is comparable to what Shaquille O’Neal did back during his NBA career. Obviously, they are two completely different players, and Shaq dominated the league in a much different way than Steph is doing now. But you could argue that both Shaq and Steph changed the game in their own ways. That’s not how Barkley sees things, though.
“He’s just a great shooter,” he told Dime while speaking about Curry. “It’s a totally different animal.”
As we mentioned, Barkley isn’t necessarily wrong about the “different animal” part. Shaq and Steph are very different players. But “just a great shooter”? Dimepressed Barkley about that notion and questioned whether Barkley thinks Curry is more than just a shooter.