“I still have the signed LeBron James jersey at my parents’ house in Charlotte”: Stephen Curry applauds the longevity of the four-time champion
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry praised LeBron James after a recent shootout while speaking to the media. The former unanimous MVP was in awe of King James’ longevity.
After facing each other in four consecutive finals, you have to think that Curry and James are rivals waiting to go head-to-head. However, the two superstars share a lot of mutual respect. James has witnessed Curry’s greatness since his days in Davidson College.
While Steph Curry has the advantage over James in the NBA Finals (4-3), James has the advantage otherwise (7-9). When the former Cavs superstar was entering his prime, he visited a college basketball game featuring Curry in 2008.
Recently, speaking of James, Curry touted James’ longevity, recalling their first meeting in 2008.
“He set the standard for this”, Curry said after Friday’s shooting, while discussing James’ ability to extend his climax. “Let’s keep it real – what is he, in his 18th year?” Nine consecutive finals, all he accomplished. You have the vision to maintain your climax for as long as possible, somehow re-imagining what it looks like. “
Curry added when speaking of the work James does every offseason despite achieving such great heights.
“So you know the work that goes into it, the intentionality, especially during the offseason, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on the pitch, off the pitch.
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LeBron James had gifted a signed jersey to Stephen Curry during the latter’s days at Davidson.
James had come to see Curry during his sophomore year at Davidson. The former Cavs star saw something special in the 6 ″ 3 ′ guard. James also supported Curry during his early years in the league.
He wasn’t a kid for me! I knew he was SPECIAL, which is why I went to see him up close and personally! https://t.co/x5NPFuC5KN
– LeBron James (@KingJames) December 18, 2019
Curry, entering his 13th year in the league, finds inspiration in James’ persistence.
“To me, that’s a strange prospect just because I still remember my days in college and he was just reaching his prime in the league, ”said Curry. “And my second year, [NCAA] tournament, it came to a game, then came to a game in my junior year. It’s hilarious. I still have a jersey he signed in 08 at my parents’ house in Charlotte. So it’s kind of weird to think about what’s happened in the last 13, 14 years.
As he enters his 19th year in the league, James seems to have aged like a fine wine. The four-time champion is still in his prime and poised to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time top scorer.
The 36-year-old is one of the best contenders for the title this coming season.
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