When the leader of the free world is uttering your name in the same breath as the greatest basketball player of all time, you know you’ve arrived. It’s fairly clear to us that Steph Curry has overtaken LeBron James as the best player on the planet, and it would appear President Barack Obama shares that sentiment.
But he took it one step further in a recent interview, via Maya Rhodan of TIME.com:
“Steph Curry is the greatest shooter that I’ve ever seen,” President Obama said, recalling a late February game during which Curry scored 46 points, tied an NBA record of hitting 12 three-pointers in a single game and helped his team win a playoff spot six-weeks ahead the cutoff. “I am having more fun watching him than anybody since Michael Jordan.”
POTUS went on to clarify that he doesn’t think Curry is as good or better than Jordan. He mercifully declined to weigh in on whether the 2016 Warriors could beat the ’96 Bulls in a hypothetical trans-generational showdown, too.
It also bears mentioning that Obama’s injury-ravaged Bulls haven’t been particularly entertaining to watch this season even when they’ve been healthy, so the watchability quotient was already somewhat skewed in Golden State’s favor. Still, it’s difficult to imagine the surreality of counting a sitting president among your most high-profile fans – even when he’s one of your golf buddies.