Even though they’ve personified arguably the greatest rivalry of the past decade, LeBron James and Stephen Curry also share the highest respect for each other. They’ve openly lauded the other’s game many times, and that trend’s not likely to end any time soon.
In fact, LeBron James recently praised Curry’s game, commenting that he’d be great in any era of basketball on an Instagram post from Mars Reel.
The post showed an edited picture of Curry trying to shoot a layup over Hakeem Olajuwon and read: “How good would Steph Curry be if he played in the 90s?” to what the King responded:
“Wouldn’t be good, he’s be GREAT!!! Any ERA”.
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LeBron and Curry faced off four straight times in the NBA Finals, with the latter and his Golden State Warriors coming up on top on three occasions. James and the Cavaliers, however, took away their historical 73-9 season by becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.
Given that kind of history and how much NBA players let their egos get involved in their often-biased takes, it’d be pretty safe to assume that James wouldn’t be that kind when referring to one of his biggest rivals of all time, like Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas or even Paul Pierce and him.
However, both LeBron and Steph have always been above that kind of pettiness. They can acknowledge and appreciate greatness even if it comes from the opposite side of the sidewalk, and that’s just one of the many things that make them stand out outside the hardwood as much as they do on top of it.