Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry has acknowledged the greatness of LeBron James and said the four-time NBA champion has set the standard for the longevity in the NBA. James, 37, is entering his 19h season in the NBA and he still one of the best players in the league.
James was an MVP candidate last year and proved that he is still able to play at the highest possible level. Curry clashed James in four consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2018. "He set the standard for that," Curry said after Friday's shootaround, while discussing James' ability to extend his prime.
"Let's keep it real -- what is he, in his 18th year? Nine straight Finals, all the things that he's accomplished. You have a vision of sustaining your prime for as long as you can, kind of reimagining what that looks like.
So you know the work that goes into it, the intentionality, especially in the offseasons, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on court, off court." Recently, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka revealed James slimmed up this summer.
"I think the thing that stands out is just his fitness level," Pelinka said of James, per ESPN. "He's slimmed up. And we all know LeBron studies the greats, and he adds things into his game, and I think going into this stage of his career, he's made a decision to come back a little bit leaner, and I think that's going to translate in his explosiveness and quickness."
Curry, 33, says James has been a part of his basketball life for so long
"For me, it's a weird perspective just because I still remember my college days and he was just coming into his prime in the league," Curry said.
"And my sophomore year, [NCAA] tournament run he came to a game, then came to a game my junior year. This is hilarious. I still have a jersey that he signed back in '08 in my parents' house back in Charlotte. So it's kind of weird to think about what's happened in the last 13, 14 years."
Curry was asked how many times he has been asked about James over the years "Who knows what the number is?" Curry said. "But it's usually a good thing because it means you may have went to nine straight Finals, so hopefully it's him answering questions about your team or vice versa, right?"