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At NBA All-Star weekend last year, Allen Iverson told Steph Curry that he’s in his “top five all day long.”
Since then, Iverson repeatedly has said that the Warriors’ superstar would be his point guard if he was assembling an all-time starting five.
“You know what’s funny — I have that saved on my phone,” Curry told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the latest episode of “All the Smoke” on Showtime (the full show will air this Thursday). “It’s crazy. It’s crazy, right?
“I ain’t never had a big head. That dude who I picked up a lot of game and inspiration from — he’s now looking at my game …
“Some OGs, they don’t want to relinquish the praise. Same way we respect the OGs, we want it both ways. So when you do hear that, that means something.”
As Steph said after Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals: “Low-key, I’ve always wanted to be like Allen Iverson.”
It must be killing the three-time NBA champion to be sidelined with the broken left hand, especially on nights like Monday in Portland when he sat on the Warriors’ bench while Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard dropped 61 points in an overtime win over the Dubs.
Now is the perfect time to remind everybody that the two-time NBA MVP averaged 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists against the Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference Finals, all while shooting 47 percent overall and nearly 43 percent from deep.
It’s safe to assume that Iverson doesn’t forget about that, and neither should you.