After more than 12 years in the NBA, Steph Curry is finally set to take his rightful place at the top of the NBA's three-point list.
With just a few more shots to go until he surpasses Ray Allen for no. 1, and makes basketball history, Steph has become the talking point for many in the NBA community -- even LeBron James.
When asked about Curry and his upcoming record, the King had nothing but nice things to say.
“First of all, the fact that the other night, when they played, we were really tracking to see if he could make 16 threes — it just lets you know how freaking amazing he is,” LeBron said. “If there’s one guy in NBA history that can make 16 threes, it’s Steph Curry. I’m literally sitting there doing the calculations in my head. I’m like, ’16. OK, I know he’s made 12 a few times. Well, if there’s someone that can do it, it’ll be him.’ That just lets you know how incredible he is.”
“Secondly, the one thing that sticks out in my mind…is really that shot he made here (in OKC). He pulled up from 38, 39, 40 feet and drained that thing. And obviously, we had so many great battles. He hit so many big-time shots and buckets against us. Obviously, he’s been phenomenal his whole career.”
“More importantly, just a great dude,” LeBron added. “I wish I could be there to congratulate him. I’ll be one of the guys in our league that will congratulate him socially … Listen, I know Ray, I know the work that he put into it. And if there’s one guy he has to let pass his record, it being Steph, I know Ray is definitely grateful that it would be such a guy like that. Pretty cool accomplishment.”
On paper, LeBron and Curry almost seem like enemies. Over the years, they have faced off four times in the NBA Finals. In the media, Steph has often been elevated in a position to "replace" James.
But, really, the two have nothing but respect for each other and all that they have accomplished. As arguably two of basketball's most influential players, it's cool to see them celebrate each other's achievements.
Fortunately for us, neither of the two stars are done adding their name to the record books yet.