Add former Pacers legend and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller to the list of ex-players coming to Stephen Curry's defense.
On the same day Dennis Scott defended Curry against the likes of Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Cedric Ceballos, Miller did the same.
“As old time guys and former players, we have to embrace change. It’s hard for old players to embrace change because whether you played in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, [we all had] different rules. Basketball has evolved and it has changed. Change is good and we’ve got to embrace Steph and what he’s doing,” Miller told USA Today's For The Win at CBS-Turner NCAA Tournament Media Day on Tuesday.
In an interview with CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday, 10-year NBA veteran Scott explained why he thinks so many ex-NBA players are putting down Curry and the Warriors' accomplishments.
“They couldn’t do it,” Dennis Scott said Tuesday. “It’s just that simple.
“That’s why we shooters are not mad at him.”
Miller went on to address the comparisons the Warriors are garnering to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the mid-90's.
“You’ve got a team that shoots a lot of threes that’s almost as brash as those Bulls teams and we don’t want to accept that. We’ve got to let that go. We don’t want to let go of Michael Jordan. It’s okay! He will still be great. We will still view him and that team as the greatest ever. It’s just that there’s a new kid on the block,” Miller said.
While Miller doesn't like his fellow NBA alumni raining on Curry's parade, he also wasn't shy about the media's role in the controversy.
“It’s not fair to put a microphone in front of Oscar Robertson and ask him, ‘Well, how do you think you would have fared against Steph?’ What made Isiah [Thomas], Oscar, Magic [Johnson Hall of Famers was their competitive edge. It’s not fair to ask, ‘Do you think you could stop Steph?’ So when they ask me, am I going to say, ‘No, I can’t shoot it against Steph?'” Miller said.