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Bing: Curry 'absolutely best shooter' in NBA history

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif.

West Bloomfield — Several former NBA stars have disparaged the Golden State Warriors and back-to-back league MVP Stephen Curry during their record-setting season.

Former Pistons star Dave Bing, a Hall of Famer who played in the NBA from 1966-78, offered rare praise for Curry on Monday.

“He is absolutely the best shooter that has played in the game,” Bing said before the Charlies Sanders charity golf outing. “Nobody’s close — except his teammate (Klay Thompson).”

Reminded that few former players offer such glowing reviews of Curry, Bing said, “I love him.”

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The only player Bing said might compare to Curry is Larry Bird while Curry’s ball-handling keeps him ahead of Thompson.

Scottie Pippen has been among the haters, saying on the Dan Patrick Show in April that his Bulls would sweep this year’s Warriors. In 1995-96, Chicago went 72-10, the best record of all time until Golden State went 73-9 this season.

Former Pacers star Reggie Miller told The New Yorker in December that he could beat Curry in a shooting competition, though he admitted all shooters are supremely self-confident.

Tracy McGrady said on ESPN last month that Curry being the unanimous MVP showed the league is “watered down.”

Plenty of analysts have also talked about how Curry would’ve struggled in the more physical league of the past.

“Players from my era, it was a much more physical game and you could beat guys up a little bit, but I’ll tell you what, he’s got a talent that nobody else has,” Bing said. “So, hats off to him. He’s had a great career. Can he get any better? I doubt it because he’s really at the top of the game right now.”

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