Oscar Robertson: bad coaching, modern NBA style allow Steph Curry to be great

oscar-robertson-sitNBA legend Oscar Robertson has always had his own opinion on the current NBA affairs. He does have an opinion on NBA superstar Steph Curry as well. And Robertson’s opinion may not come out as popular among other NBA legends.

Robertson believes the coaches are drawing bad strategies for other players to guard Curry, who’s shooting touch seems to be several levels above everyone else.

“If I’ve got a guy who’s great shooting the ball outside, don’t you want to extend your defense out a little bit?” Robertson said, ESPN reported. “I just don’t think coaches today in basketball understand the game of basketball. They don’t know anything about defenses. They don’t know what people are doing on the court,” said Robertson.

“These coaches do not understand the game of basketball, as far as I’m concerned,” Robertson said.

Robertson also believes that the modern style of basketball in the NBA has actually helped Curry to become a better shooter.

Indeed, the landscape of basketball has changed drastically since the pre-three-point-line days of the ’60s and ’70s, when Robertson played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. But the fundamentals of defense haven’t changed, according to Robertson.

“They double-teamed me an awful lot during my career,” said Robertson, who in 1960-61 became the first and only player in league history to average a triple double. “I look at games today, and they’ll start a defense at the foul line. When I played, they were picking you up when you got the ball inbounds. So it’s a different strategy about playing defense.”

“[Curry] has shot well because of what’s going on in basketball today. In basketball today, it’s almost like if you can dunk or make a three-point shot, you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread…there have been some great shooters in the past…but here again, when I played…if you shot outside and hit it, the next time I’m going to be up on top of you. I’m going to pressure you with three-quarters, half-court defense. But now they don’t do that,” he said.

Robertson, a Hall of Famer, is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double the entire season, as he did with the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62.

Robertson was an NBA All-Star 12 times, and won the NBA title in 1971 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor then) in Milwaukee.

Robertson holds career averages of 25.7 ppg, 9.5 apg and 7.5 rpg in 42.2 mpg, playing in 1040 NBA games.


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