It may come as a surprise to some people, but LeBron and Curry are friends off the court despite being fierce rivals on the hardwood. The Akron natives have faced each other in the NBA Finals four times, with Curry going 3-1 against King James.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry have gotten into it on a few occasions, but they have a great deal of respect for each other. In fact, before they became rivals during James’ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the two future Hall of Famers hung out at LeBron’s house during Curry’s rookie season in 2009-10.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry bowled together
During the 2009-10 season, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors traveled to Cleveland in November to face LeBron James and the Cavs. The day before the two teams played, LeBron and Curry hung out at James’ house and bowled together.
Curry spoke about hanging out at LeBron’s house during an interview with Graham Bensinger. The two-time MVP said the King is an excellent bowler.
“We went bowling in his house, which was pretty cool,” Curry said. “My rookie year in the league, and it was him and his two sons, we’re bowling and watching some basketball games at his house. He’s a pretty solid bowler. I didn’t have a chance that day.”
Not only did LeBron James get the best of Stephen Curry in bowling, but he also torched the Warriors on the basketball court the following day.
LeBron James beat Stephen Curry in bowling and basketball
The Cavs defeated the Warriors by a final score of 114-108 on November 17, 2009. LeBron James finished with 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists while shooting 57.9% from the field.
Stephen Curry played fairly well in his first professional game against LeBron. The Davidson product scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. However, Curry left Cleveland 0-2 versus the four-time MVP, as he lost in bowling in basketball.
The 2009-10 season was LeBron James’ final campaign in Cleveland during his first stint with the Cavs. He signed with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010 and won two championships in South Beach. The former No. 1 overall pick then returned to the Cavs in 2014 and won his third title in 2016 over the 73-9 Warriors.
Meanwhile, after overcoming his ankle issues, Stephen Curry established himself as the greatest shooter in NBA history. He won back-to-back MVPs in 2015 and 2016 and captured three championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
The two superstars were teammates in the 2021 All-Star Game
For the first time, LeBron James and Stephen Curry were teammates in the 2021 All-Star Game. It was fun watching two kids from Akron play together after having so many battles in the Finals.
LeBron and Curry shared a special moment when the Warriors star shot a 3-pointer and turned around before it went in. The two superstars high-fived each other while smiling since both guys have done that trick in regular-season games.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if LeBron James and Stephen Curry face each other in the playoffs again. The King is now in the Western Conference playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, so LeBron and Curry won’t meet in the Finals again.