Michael Jordan raised eyebrows in the NBA world by saying Stephen Curry is 'not a Hall of Famer yet'

Chuck Burton/AP‘He’s still a great player,’ Jordan said. ‘Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.’

Michael Jordan – a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP widely considered one of, if not the, greatest player in the history of basketball – took a jab at one of the sport’s current megastars.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” Monday morning, Jordan claimed that Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry is not, at this point, a lock for the Hall of Fame.

“He’s still a great player,” Jordan said. “Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.”

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, who was conducting the interview, laughed heartily as Jordan smiled and added: “he’s not.”

Curry – who has won two regular-season MVP awards of his own – is already almost certain to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer upon eligibility. The face of the Warriors franchise, Curry led Golden State to three championships victories in four years. And in that off-year, when the Warriors fell to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in a gruelling seven-game series, Curry shattered the record for most three-pointers by draining 402 triples on the season.

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Much of what the 6-foot-3 point guard has achieved in his 10-year NBA career is – without exaggeration – unprecedented, which is why Jordan’s comments have the entire basketball world up in arms.

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But at least one person came to Jordan’s defence on the matter:

Johnson was jokingly alluding to the $US50,000 fine the Los Angeles Lakers received from the NBA after he publicly lauded Giannis Antetokounmpo’s skillset last February. Similarly, the NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers for tampering after head coach Doc Rivers publicly compared then-Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard to Jordan himself.

On Wednesday, Melvin returned to “Today” to explain that “everyone knew that [Jordan] was joking” when he suggested Curry wasn’t an obvious Hall of Fame candidate.

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