Besides Bird and Magic, there may not be a pair of NBA players with more history between them than LeBron James and Steph Curry. Having met in the Finals four straight times, it’s fair to say they have become an obstacle for each other.
Off the court, James and Steph have always demonstrated, and have never talked bad about the other. On the surface, they might even appear to be friends.
But, according to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, there is real tension between them that showed itself over the course of their meetings.
Simmons: “We know this — I’m not sure the average human being knows this — but the LeBron-Curry thing is pretty real.”
Windhorst: “Oh yeah.”
Simmons: “It is not friendly. I think LeBron really has genuine disdain for him. And I think Curry’s kind of like, ‘F–k you, I’ve won as many titles as you have.’ And you could feel it festering in this 2016 (Finals) because there’s this underlying current of LeBron has gone back to Cleveland, the King is back, and then Curry comes in and kind of grabs the crown a little bit.
“And more importantly I think to LeBron … became really popular.”
Windhorst: “I don’t know if the word jealous is fair because I don’t think LeBron is jealous of anybody. But he didn’t think it was fair. He’s like, ‘What about me?'”
There has never been a bigger threat to LeBron’s run than Steph Curry. As a team, Curry and the Warriors prevented James from winning more than the one Championship he earned with the Cavs in 2016. To the media and fans, Steph had become a national icon. His playstyle, attitude, and loveable personality earned him significant attention.
Apparently, these things festered into something real. And while the Curry vs Bron days may be over now, it’ll be interesting to see what more gets revealed involving the relationship between the NBA’s biggest stars.