Curry: LeBron ‘set a standard’ for longevity

SAN FRANCISCO – The star of the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry, has long been a fan of Lebron JamesBut on Friday he added an extra layer of praise for his famous rival ahead of Friday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

When asked what it has been like to play James for so many years at such a high level, Curry, who faced James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for four years in a row in the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018, acknowledged the greatness he has done. seen from James. for a long time.

“He set the standard for that,” Curry said after Friday’s target practice, while discussing James’ ability to extend his prime. “Let’s make it real: Who is he, in his 18th year? Nine consecutive Finals, all the things he has accomplished. You have a vision of maintaining his prime for as long as possible, as a kind of reimagining of what that looks like. So you know the work involved, the intentionality, especially in the off-season, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on and off the court. “

The two-time 33-year-old MVP began to remember how long James has been a part of his basketball life. James, who will turn 37 in December, began attending Curry games while still playing at Davidson College in 2008.

“It’s a strange prospect for me just because I still remember my college days and he was reaching his prime in the league,” Curry said. “And in my second year, [NCAA] Tournament run, he came to a game, then he came to a game in my junior year. This is very funny. I still have a jersey that he signed in ’08 at my parents’ house in Charlotte. So it’s kind of weird to think about what happened in the last 13, 14 years. “

As for the story with James, Curry couldn’t help but laugh when asked how many times he had been asked a question about the four-time MVP over the years.

“Who knows what the number is?” Curry said. “But it’s usually a good thing because it means you could have gone to nine Finals in a row, so I hope he’s the one to answer questions about your team or vice versa, right?