The San Antonio Spurs have to be feeling pretty good. They won 67 games this year, they swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, and Steph Curry, as of now, might not be available for a potential Western Conference Finals showdown.
That’s great for San Antonio, right?
“Well, you know like I know that injuries are part of the game,” Hall of Famer George Gervin told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I think everybody hopes Steph gets healthy and (will) be ready to play so you can beat a whole team, but sometimes that just don’t happen. I felt last year that (Tony Parker’s injury was) the reason the Clippers beat us. So injuries is all part of the game. Hopefully he will get healthy, but if not, you know the old saying: ‘Woe is me.’”
Gervin, a nine-time All-Star and four-time scoring champion, believes the Warriors still have enough without Curry to get to the conference finals – and maybe even the NBA Finals. But he doesn’t think they’ll win it all unless Curry returns.
“I think they’re still pretty good,” Gervin said. “Kay Thompson and the rest of the guys play together as a team, so that represents something. But (Curry) is a big part of their success. To have that hole in that team, you got to be realistic, man. It’d be tough for them to win it all. This is me talking. I think I know something about basketball, but I don’t think they can win it without him.”
Gervin, 64, was asked how Curry would have fared in his era in the 1970s and 1980s. Contrary to what Oscar Robertson and Scottie Pippen want you to believe, Gervin knows the truth:
“Steph could play in any era,” he said. “What he’s able to do with that basketball and how he’s able to do the things that he do – he could play in any era. (Oscar and Scottie) are two of the greatest to ever do it, (but) I don’t think they just woke up to the right side of the bed that day. That kid can play in any era. He loves the game, I love to see him play, and he’s going to prove – if he stays healthy – to be one of the best entertainers to ever do it.”