Warriors star Stephen Curry garners plenty of support on the road that was no different in Washington on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
As Curry led the Warriors to a 127-118 win over the Wizards with a 41-point performance, the Washington crowd reigned down MVP chants as the reigning Finals MVP dazzled the fans with his play.
STEPH CURRY MVP CHANTS AT WASHINGTON 🔥🔥🔥
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Having played with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is all too familiar with road fans feverishly cheering on a visiting player. After the win, Kerr likened Curry’s league-wide impact to His Airness.
“He’s the modern MJ,” Kerr told reporters postgame.
“Playing with the Bulls, half the crowd’s got red 23 jerseys on. Now, half the crowd’s got blue and yellow 30 jerseys. Steph transcends the game. He elicits an emotion from people.
“I think because he’s so awe-inspiring in his play, no matter where we go, there are people who are cheering for him and can’t wait to see him perform.”
“He’s the modern MJ”
Coach Kerr with the ultimate praise for Steph 🐐 pic.twitter.com/ffkevnJEWq
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While Jordan’s Bulls won six championships in the ’90s (three of them with Kerr), the Warriors have been the dominant force in recent history. They have won four NBA championships across eight seasons, quickly becoming one of the NBA’s most popular teams both in the United States and globally.
Kerr believes Curry’s widespread popularity has played a role in that, being a relatable star with a relative stature.
“We’ve never seen anything like him and I think people can relate to him because he’s not this superhero, in terms of his size and strength,” Kerr added.
“He’s 6’3″, 185 [pounds]. A lot of people out there that size, but none that can do what he can do. He’s incredibly inspiring and as a result, we get a ton of support on the road.”
The reigning champions’ quest for back-to-back titles has gotten off to an up-and-down start, in large part due to Curry’s recent 10-game absence due to a shoulder injury.
Following Monday’s win over the Wizards, the Warriors now sit at .500 (22-22), good for seventh in the Western Conference Standings.