“Jordan was born in rebellion, fighting with the league to wear black socks and the wrong color shoes”

Michael Jordan and Steph Curry are two of the most beloved and adored players in NBA history. However, the two had a rather shaky start to their storied careers.

Jordan, still early in his rookie year, once had a run-in with the NBA over a violation of league-mandated basketball shoe laws. Curry, on the other hand, had to overcome height and injury issues in the first three years of the NBA.

Through adversity and uncertainty, both players have remained loyal to their teams and proven their worth to their respective fans.

In an episode of “The Colin Cowherd” podcast, Marcus Thompson of The Athletic explained why these legends have unparalleled adulation from the teams they played for:

“Jordan was born into rebellion, fighting with the league for wearing black socks and the wrong color shoes. He was a rebel from the start, he was an underdog from the start.

“Those of us who would fight in the streets for him? We’re the ones who remember where he was fined for black socks and baggy shorts, aren’t we?

“Steph [was] in the same way. The wounds, [he] wasn’t supposed to get much out of Davidson. You keep that credibility, that unparalleled adoration when you stay home.”

ON THIS DAY in 1984 – The NBA fined Michael Jordan $5,000 for not wearing NBA-regulated white shoes, but instead of red and black sneakers, Nike paid the charges… Jordan wore them all year…and the Air Jordan brand was born https://t.co/psU6oaDdfL

Fans identified with Michael Jordan and Steph Curry because they stuck with the respective teams that drafted them despite early challenges.

Jordan wasn’t just making the NBA stronger. He also had to overcome a serious injury in his second year. For a player known for his athleticism, this injury could have derailed his career.

Ten years ago, a skinny guard with a magic shot led little Davidson on an unforgettable tournament run, changing his basketball trajectory and the shape of the sport. Steph Curry and others reflect on the birth of a legacy. @MichaelWeinreb: theringer.com/march-madness/…

Curry, on the other hand, wasn’t the sensation “His Airness” was when he entered the NBA. He wasn’t even considered the top point guard in the 2009 draft and was passed twice by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Two other point guards, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn, were chosen ahead of Davidson’s skinny standout.

The best shooter of all time. And obviously, I called him right when he was drafted. https://t.co/7Bla6Nzb7f

Michael Jordan ended his legendary career with six NBA titles, all with the Chicago Bulls. Steph Curry’s current six titles have all been accomplished as Golden State Warriors MVP.

Fans loved them because they overcame their obstacles and uncertainties and led their respective teams to basketball glory.

Michael Jordan and Steph Curry are two of the most influential players in NBA history

Michael Jordan and Steph Curry changed the NBA landscape with their influence. [Photo: Marca]
Michael Jordan and Steph Curry changed the NBA landscape with their influence. [Photo: Marca]

Michael Jordan has become the beacon of players who want to “be like Mike”. His influence prompted the late Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and many others to model their game on “His Airness.” MJ has also inspired countless others to get into sports and be awesome.

LeBron James, Jordan’s rival in the GOAT debate, drew inspiration from nothing less than the charismatic, talkative Chicago Bulls icon.

“A part of me wouldn’t be here without MJ’s inspiration. I always wanted to be like him growing up.” LeBron James on what Michael Jordan has meant to his career. (Going through @NBAonTNT)https://t.co/vqOLv9nJSP

Meanwhile, Steph Curry has changed the way the game has been played over the past decade.

His unrivaled three-point shooting has forced teams to look for players with more or less the same skills. There’s so much more spacing and movement in the NBA thanks to “Chief Curry.”

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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