Brad Gilbert was watching Game Six of the NBA Finals when he noticed that Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Rafael Nadal have a lot in common. In tennis, Nadal is now considered by some to be the greatest player of all time as he holds 22 Grand Slam titles.
On the flip side, Curry won his fourth NBA ring Thursday night. Curry is considered by many to be the greatest shooter in NBA history, and although he is one of the most accomplished players of his generation, he has always maintained a humble demeanor.
Gilbert tweeted, “Stephen Curry reminds me so much of Rafael Nadal, his humbleness, great play and very selfless.”
Comparing Gilbert Carey and Nadal
Gilbert Curry compared Nadal, while Warriors coach Steve Kerr compared Curry to Roger Federer just a few days ago.
“We actually met Federer a few years ago in China when we played in Shanghai. He came and spoke to our locker room, and Draymond[Green]asked him, and he said, ‘How have you been doing this for 20 years?'” Kerr recalls.
“And his answer was simple, yet profound. I love my daily ritual,” he said. “I get up, I make my children breakfast, I drive them to school, I go to the train, and I’ve figured out the right training methods to keep me in the best shape of my life,” he said.
I love the competition. He said, “But every day, I put my head on the pillow at the end of the day and think, ‘Oh man, what a great day’.” So I think of Steve a lot when I think of that story from Roger Federer.
Very, very similar, it’s kind of a zest for life and just joy for the process.” One thing’s for sure, Carey, Nadal and Federer are the all-time greats.