Reacting to Steve Nash’s retirement over the weekend, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr compared Stephen Curry to the future Hall of Famer.
Kerr says the comparison is a fair one, and that he traced similarities between the two point guards long ago.
S/o to @SteveNash hanging it up for good! Inspired me to play the way I do and paved the way. Congrats on all your success and enjoy life!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 21, 2015
Curry, Kerr thought when scouting the former Davidson star, could be the guy who carries Nash’s torch going forward.
Per the Contra Costa Times:
“It’s a fair comparison,” Kerr said during his pregame news conference. “I first saw it when I was in Phoenix and I scouted Steph when he was at Davidson. I think he was a sophomore. […] We walked away going, ‘That’s the next Nash.'”
“The way he played he affected an entire generation of players,” said Kerr, who was general manager in Phoenix when Nash played for the Suns. “Steve is also partly responsible for the wave of ball movement we’re seeing around the league. […] Steve is more than just an All-Star and a Hall of Famer, I think he’s helped change the game and inspire a lot of players. It’s pretty incredible what he’s accomplished.”
“The combination of the ballhandling, the shooting, anticipation, feel — very similar skill set,” Kerr said. “Very different approach, though. Steve was really a pass-first point guard, a reluctant shooter in some ways. […] Steph is just an assassin out there with his shot. He’s looking to shoot first and set the game up with his passing and moving the ball and creating offense for others.”