Stephen Curry and LeBron James engaged in one of the most interesting NBA rivalries of the past decade. From 2015 to 2018, the pair met in the NBA Finals on four separate occasions. Curry ended up winning three times, while James emerged victorious once.
This week, Curry reflected on his competition with James and explained why it didn’t prevent him from appreciating the latter player’s greatness.
“I think at the end of the day, if you get caught up in that, you’re already at a disadvantage just because there’s so many other teams and other players at the top,” Curry told Zach Frydenlund of Complex.
“And what Bron did in the Finals, or in the bubble season this year, and what he continues to do every year—it’s truly remarkable and unbelievable. I love that competition.”
Because James has moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors currently find themselves in a bit of a precarious situation in terms of title-contention, Curry is doing his best to get past old rivalries.
“I want to be in that conversation every year, no matter who it is,” he said.
“Forever, it’s going to be hard to get rid of the four year back and forth between the Warriors and Cleveland, but we’re moving on.”
In a separate interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Curry also admitted that it was very hard for him to watch 22 other teams compete in the NBA Bubble last year while his Warriors sat idly by.
“I think not being a part of the bubble at the beginning was hard,” Curry said.
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“There’s 22 teams on there that are grinding and getting ready to do the restart, and we’re sitting at home. Then it kind of died down a little bit until the playoffs started. And that’s when I just missed being in that fight, and in that competition, and playing with the best teams in the league every year.
“So it was tough watching. I haven’t watched the playoffs at home in six years. So it was definitely weird.”
That said, he had nothing but the utmost respect for what the Lakers accomplished.
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“L.A. played amazing,” Curry observed. “Like LeBron, AD [Anthony Davis], I was happy for them, obviously. When you know what it takes to win a championship, whether you’re in the fight or not, you appreciate that final moment when a team accomplishes their goal.
“And it’s almost inspiring and motivating for us to get back and look forward to this year. And then, obviously, you include just what it took to get the bubble off and what that sacrifice was being down there for however many days. I’m glad they got through the season. I’m glad it worked. And L.A. did what they had to do and got it done.”