For some weird reason, SLAM Online decided to go searching for former Rockets guard Steve Francis. Can't imagine why anyone would care what ol' Franchise has done with his life of late. I'll pay attention if Stephon Marbury is raining threes in China, but Steve Francis? Next.
Perhaps it's because Francis has reportedly planned to contact the Miami Heat with the hopes of garnering a roster spot. I'll be submitting my résumé to Pat Riley this week, while we're at it.
Lucky for them, SLAM managed to land a golden Francis quote that, in the humble words of Mike Gundy, makes me want to puke. Observe (emphasis mine):
... ESPN is airing No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. The latter part of the documentary touches on AI's refusal to be a bench player and his undetermined legacy ("Me and [Bubba] Chuck on the same page," says Steve). The doc's last 10 minutes could just as easily be about Francis' legacy, a subject he's crystal clear on. "To be the greatest player out of the DC/Maryland area since Len Bias," he states, "Kevin Durant can't say that. Michael Beasley can't say that. None of those guys can say that. I am the best player to come out of DC since [Bias]."
Holdonfoaminute. Better than Durant? Yup, that's definitely coming from Francis.
I'm not going dignify the statement with the statistics. You're well aware that they prove otherwise. Ironically, the paragraph above references Allen Iverson, the player who Francis tried and failed to become. If Steve Francis really thinks that he is a better player than Kevin Durant, well, he is entitled to his own opinion. Doesn't mean anyone has to agree with him.