Tracy McGrady puts Stephen Curry’s legacy into focus as Warriors star pursues 4th ring

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The prospect of Stephen Curry winning another NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors could help the superstar guard’s legacy given the circumstances of how he won the other three, Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady said Tuesday.

Curry has been a homegrown talent for the Warriors and helped develop Golden State into the seemingly unstoppable monsters they’ve been since the 2014-15 season. However, McGrady explained to NBC Sports Washington, it doesn’t mean Curry is automatically in the upper echelon of the all-time greats who have come before him.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts to referee Courtney Kirkland during the NBA Finals game against the Celtics, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Boston.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts to referee Courtney Kirkland during the NBA Finals game against the Celtics, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Boston.
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McGrady suggested Curry failing to win an NBA Finals MVP, beating a LeBron James-led team without his other teammates or with Kevin Durant and being the main focal part of blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals, was a detriment.

“That’s a tough question,” McGrady said when he was asked where Curry stands all time. He has his own career and what he’s done with his team is difficult. You have to think that he won a championship against LeBron [James], who didn’t have Kyrie [Irving], and didn’t had Kevin Love. He didn’t win [Finals] MVP. He loses a 3-1 lead against LeBron and gets K.D., K.D. Steph wins two championships. You win the two MVPs.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry brings the ball up court against the Celtics June 8, 2022, in Boston.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry brings the ball up court against the Celtics June 8, 2022, in Boston.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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“We know Steph is like the 3-point god. When it comes to ranking him with [Michael Jordan], and those who won that level of championships; Magic Johnson and Kobe [Bryant], I don’t know where to place him. He’s a very high-ranking athlete, I know that. Based on [all of that]., I think these guys are in a different category than Steph Curry. They are on championship teams. K.D. K.D. joined the Warriors, became the best player, and helped Steph win another championship. Steph was not the best player on that team. “

In this series against the Boston Celtics, Curry doesn’t have the support from a Durant. Curry has shown great support for the team, receiving incredible support from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as unsung players such as Jordan Poole or Andrew Wiggins.

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Curry scored 31 points in Game 3, but Boston managed to win the game 116-100 and take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 will be played Friday night.

Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com can be contacted with story tips

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