Charles Barkley seems to think that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry would not have been the same great player if he had played in the 1980s and early 1990s. Barkley specifically mentioned the Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys and their physical play when discussing this Stephen Curry hypothesis.
In an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Barkley praised Michael Jordan for surviving the physical — and sometimes dirty — play of the Pistons of the late 1980s. Charles Barkley then reflected on how Curry and the Warriors could fare if they were transported to Barkley’s NBA era.
“You have to admit it’s a lot easier to play basketball today because you can’t hit anybody. As much as I love Steph Curry, and I love Steph Curry, can you imagine if the Bad Boys beat the crap out of him? Can you imagine that? As much as I love Steph Curry, if you think he could take those hits that John Salley, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, those body checks that they used to do to Michael and Scottie and me and people like that, do you really think Steph Curry wouldn’t break?”