For a moment there it really looked like Stephen Curry had dethroned LeBron James. James has been at the top of the league for most of his career. And while we had inspiring efforts from the likes of Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, James proved time and time again that he was king of basketball.
But as Curry put up his second straight MVP season and his team clinched their 73rd win, it looked like things had changed. James had other ideas though, and he led his squad in their destruction of the Golden State Warriors dynasty plans.
Now that James has taken his title back, he can feel free to praise his adversary. He did so today on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’
He’s definitely a great guy,” James said. “He’s a fierce competitor, I’ll tell you that. So don’t get fooled by that smile when he come up here. If any of y’all play basketball or golf, he’s going to try to get it from you. So don’t get fooled. For me, I think the best thing for me is that we’re two of the most talked-about athletes in the world, and we were both born in Akron, Ohio. So that means a lot to me.”
James was certainly not fooled by Curry’s smile while he blocked him time and time again during Cleveland’s historic Finals comeback.
All that aside, its nice to see James back to his kind, jubilant self after a tense couple of years in Cleveland. His tension towards the Warriors was obvious in multiple interviews.
The 3-time NBA champion also took shots of vodka with the daytime TV host while they played a game of paper basketball, hurling pieces of paper into a trash can.