Stephen Curry recently praised LeBron James, as he acknowledged the work James has put in for nearly two decades to be arguably the best basketball player in the world during that time period.
“He set the standard for that,” Curry said while discussing James’ ability to extend his prime. “Let’s keep it real — what is he, in his 18th year? Nine straight Finals, all the things that he’s accomplished.
You have a vision of sustaining your prime for as long as you can, kind of reimagining what that looks like. So you know the work that goes into it, the intentionality, especially in the off-seasons, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on court, off court.”
James will actually be entering his 19th season in the league, but Curry’s point still stands. For the better part of two decades, James has been the hands down best player in the league, as he’s the only player ever that you can argue is better than Michael Jordan.
These Two Have A Strong Familiarity With One Another
Curry and James faced off in the NBA Finals for four consecutive seasons, as Curry got the better of him in three of four of them.
James was without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2015, as many people believed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would have beaten the Golden State Warriors that year had they stayed healthy.
However, the Cavs got them back a year later, as they overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors, who finished with the best record in NBA history at 73-9.
Before their encounters on the game’s biggest stage, though, Curry was a college student while James was establishing himself as the best player in the league. However, Curry still managed to catch the attention of James.
“For me, it’s a weird perspective just because I still remember my college days and he was just coming into his prime in the league,” Curry said. “And my sophomore year, [NCAA] tournament run he came to a game, then came to a game my junior year.
This is hilarious. I still have a jersey that he signed back in ’08 in my parents’ house back in Charlotte. So it’s kind of weird to think about what’s happened in the last 13, 14 years.”
Big Expectations Ahead For LeBron And The Lakers
The Lakers reloaded during the offseason, adding Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo.
They’re currently favored to come out of the Western Conference, but injuries or a lack of continuity could quickly change the balance of power out West.
It’ll be up for James and Anthony Davis to stay healthy this upcoming season, which is something they struggled with last season.
If health and continuity are there, then we can perhaps see James compete for his fifth ring next June.