Michael Jordan seemed to have taken a slight jab at Stephen Curry by claiming that, even though he's a great player, he's not yet Hall of Fame material, when talking about his dream team for NBA 2K.
Jordan was asked by Melvin if he would amend the list of players he said would be unbeatable in a pickup game in a promotion for NBA 2K14 back in 2013. At the time, Jordan picked Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, and James Worthy. The NBA legend said that he wouldn’t change the lineup even though six years had passed since he made the list. “When I’m going in the trenches, I played against and with all these guys. I’m going with who I know,” Jordan said.
Melvin replied: “So, Steph Curry shouldn’t be offended when he watches this.”
And then Jordan said this of the Golden State Warriors star and three-time NBA champion: “I hope not. He’s still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet though.”
Hence, there was a lot of buzz around social media about whether Steph is or isn't a Hall of Famer as of today, with most people thinking he's done more than enough to deserve his ticket.
So, Magic Johnson took on to his Twitter account to give a bit of his insight on why Michael Jordan said what he said, claiming he's just trying to avoid being fined by tampering:
"Everyone relax. We know Steph Curry is a future Hall of Famer...Michael Jordan couldn’t say it because he would get fined by the league," Johnson tweeted.
Magic is no stranger to these kinds of things, as he had to face a lot of fines and accusations during his time in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers, especially regarding the Anthony Davis situation.
Doc Rivers was also fined by comparing Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan before free agency, so perhaps Magic has a point, or maybe he's just taking a funny shot at the NBA.
Let's not forget about the fact that Steph was raised in North Carolina and even attended college there, so there was always some speculation regarding a potential homecoming.
However, with his deal with the Golden State Warriors set to expire in 2022, it's unlikely that a 34-year-old and 13 season veteran decides to change teams at that point in his career.
Therefore, maybe MJ was, in fact, trying to avoid being fined for lauding a player tied with his franchise even though he's years away from entering free agency, or maybe that's just another example of the good old Jordan trash talk.