During LeBron James‘ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, The King faced Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals four straight times. Even though James and Curry are friends off the court, the two superstars naturally became rivals since their teams kept playing each other on the NBA’s biggest stage.
Curry and the Warriors went 3-1 against James and the Cavs in the Finals. However, LeBron’s 2016 title over the Dubs is revered more than Curry’s three rings since the Cavs erased a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 Finals and defeated the 73-9 Warriors.
Stephen Curry has three championships under his belt, while LeBron James has four. Since Steph is no longer playing alongside Kevin Durant–who is on the Brooklyn Nets–and Klay Thompson–who is injured–this season, one of James’ former teammates decided to take a shot at Curry by saying the 2020-21 season is a “legacy” campaign for the two-time MVP.
Stephen Curry and the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA in 2019-20
After playing in five straight Finals, Stephen Curry and the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the NBA’s worst record before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19. Curry only played in five games due to a broken hand, and Klay Thompson missed the entire season recovering from his left ACL tear.
Since LeBron James guided the LA Lakers to the 2020 title over the Miami Heat and the Warriors were the worst team in the NBA, James and Curry fans kept arguing about who the best player in the world is. However, the argument wasn’t fair to the Warriors point guard since he broke his hand and played in just five games.
James is universally recognized as the best all-around player in NBA history, while Curry is undoubtedly the top shooter of all time. Since Thompson was expected to return to the Warriors’ lineup this season and Golden State drafted James Wiseman with the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, NBA fans looked forward to seeing the Dubs and Lakers match up.
However, Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon before the 2020-21 season started, so Stephen Curry had to embark on his second straight season without Klay in the backcourt next to him. With Kevin Durant on the Nets and the Warriors starting the campaign off slow, one of LeBron James’ close friends and ex-teammates seized the opportunity to put some pressure on Curry.
Channing Frye said Stephen Curry’s legacy would be shaped by the 2020-21 season
Channing Frye, who played with LeBron James on the Cavs and was part of the 2016 championship team, said Stephen Curry’s legacy would be shaped by the 2020-21 season since Kevin Durant is no longer on the Warriors and Klay Thompson is injured again. Frye claimed that Curry needs to prove he can win without a supporting cast of superstars.
“This year, there’s a lot of questions, not of, can he play, but can he adjust his game without those All-Stars to make everyone else better,” Frye said on the Dubs talk podcast, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I’m excited to see it, I think he can do it. I think the culture can do it and Steve Kerr can put them in the right situations.”
The Warriors started the 2020-21 season by getting blown out in back-to-back games against the Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Curry didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in those games, and some around the NBA began to wonder if we were witnessing Curry’s demise.
However, as he’s done his entire basketball life, Stephen Curry used his critics–along with Channing Frye’s outlandish comments–to go nuclear on the NBA.
Warriors legend has been quieting his critics
Stephen Curry is averaging 33.7 points for the Warriors over his last seven games. The three-time champion erupted for a career-high 62 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, seemingly quieting all of his naysayers.
The Warriors may struggle to make the playoffs this season since the Western Conference is so tough. However, Curry’s legacy is already set, and he has nothing to prove to anyone.