Stephen Curry Reveals Major Reason He Admires LeBron James

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The Golden State Warriors have missed the playoffs two straight seasons, but before that, Stephen Curry was the lead man in an impressive stretch for the organization. Golden State made it to five straight NBA Finals, going 3-2 during that time.

Their opponent in a majority of those NBA Finals matchups was none other than LeBron James. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to defeat them once, in 2016, but Curry and the Golden State Warriors got the best of them in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Despite defeating James three times in the NBA Finals, Curry has nothing but praise for his future Hall of Fame counterpart.

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Following a shootaround last week while preparing to face the Los Angeles Lakers, Curry explained the admiration he has for James’ ability to play at a high level for as long as he has.

“He set the standard for that,” Curry said after Friday’s shootaround 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 offseasons, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on-court, off-court.”

James puts a lot of time and effort to remain in peak playing condition. He is heading into his 19th season in the NBA and remains one of the best players in the league. James has put in more than 22 seasons worth of NBA basketball games when you take into account the 266 postseason games he has played in.

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It has been a remarkable career for James and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He has suffered some injuries with the Los Angeles Lakers, but when he is on the court, he is still producing at a high level.

Curry put into perspective just how long James has been dominating for, as he remembers The King entering his prime while he was still playing collegiately at Davidson.

“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.”

In that time, Stephen Curry and LeBron James have played at a level not many, if any, players can achieve. They are two of the best to ever do it and fans will relish whatever they have left to provide.

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