Stephen Curry and LeBron James shared a few great moments in the last few years. The Golden State warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers played in four consecutive NBA Finals.
The rivalry between King James and Stephen Curry grew in the past season. We all saw their face-to-face confrontation at the end of Game 1.
Curry was trying to go in for a meaningless layup, and James didn’t quite allow it. King James swatted the shot away, and there was a word exchange.
The Warrior appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast and talked about the situation.
“It was never going to spill over to that. But it was an interesting moment …I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn’t see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me,” Curry said.
“And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now? We’re about to win and you’re worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?’ And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? Is this really what we’re about right now?’”
According to Curry, LeBron was just making sure his teammates know he’s a mentor, and the whole thing was part of his leadership. “I don’t want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership,” Curry told LeBron at the time.
Apparently, LeBron was “like a mentor” to Steph early on his career. now they’re battling for a championship, and everyone is just paying special attention to their relationship.
The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson wrote the book Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry, explaining that he wasn’t really popular among his peers. Lebron even had a Curry dummy on his floor for his 2016 Halloween party, and guests had to walk over it.
But, remember when LeBron stood up for Curry when he wasn’t invited at the White House?
Rivals always respect each other.