San Jose, California
It all boils down to this: LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are jealous that Steph Curry has gotten a lot of media praise and relatively little criticism so early in his career.
Pot kettle black. So much attention so soon? LeBron was on the cover of SI as a high school junior. And as far as Westbrook, he has only been in the NBA a year more than Curry, and in case you’ve been under a rock in Antarctica, he has been the face of the NBA this season. OTOH, it wasn’t until Curry’s sixth season in the league that he really became a superstar.
If the sports media do disproportionately fawn over Curry, it’s because the sports media are full of white guys who had jock dreams when they were younger, but as the axiom goes, those who can do, those who can’t write about those who do. Typical white guy in the sports media relates to Curry in a way they can’t to LeBron, because lanky Curry at 6’3″ isn’t exceptionally tall, unlike LeBron at a muscle-bound 6’8″. Then there’s that other thing — Curry is half white through his mother, and he and his siblings, including his brother Seth who is also in the Association, were reared in a traditional nuclear family. In contrast, LeBron — “Real” black, raised by a single black mother, which is of course keeping it real. Aside from the actual similarities and attractions, politically correct sports media white guys have permission to fawn over Curry because he’s white enough to be similar to them, but not actually white so that their adulation would come off as verboten white racial loyalty.