Pat Riley played with NBA legends (Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West) and coached them too (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson), so he knows a thing or two about basketball.
Riley has recently compared the Golden State Warriors backcourt of Steph Curry and Clay Thompson with the backcourt of his time – Jerry West and Gale Goodrich.
Riley played alongside West and Goodrich during the 1970’s on the LA Lakers. Riley was part of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship.
”They are the two most dynamic players in the backcourt, that I have ever seen, since Jerry West and Gail Goodrich,” Riley said of Curry and Thompson.
”Go back and check their numbers, 25 points apiece and Jerry leading the team in assists, Gail shooting close to 50 percent or whatever it was. Both of them could shoot it, could drive it, could pass it. That’s what you’re seeing here,” said Riley, AP reported.
The Golden State Warriors are receiving praises all over the league as they have the best record in the NBA and are favorites to possibly win their second straight NBA title. And the Curry-Thompson duo is a major part of the Warriors’ success.
”They are in the beginning of something that can be dynastic,” said Riley. ”They’re in the beginning stages of it and that’s the scary part, versus somebody that catches lightning in a bottle one time. They’re at the beginning because all of their key players, all of them, are young and they’re talented.”
Riley believes that Golden State is in the title mix to stay for a long, long while.
”It’s going to be very difficult to challenge them,” Riley said.
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