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Warriors’ Stephen Curry provides an eye-opening look at LeBron James’ leadership

There have been many individuals in LeBron James’ rogues gallery. It started with the Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs to Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets. However, one opponent will have more of a starring role as fans look back on his career more often than the other. The Golden State Warriors had the greatest collection of offensive weapons and dominated the league for over a decade. Their cornerstone star, Stephen Curry, will always be seen as the main opponent in the Cleveland Cavaliers legend’s career, even when he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stephen Curry and LeBron James were a match to destroy basketball history. It was the promised chosen one who earned the high school title and the elite marksman who was able to change the game as he climbed his way up from Davidson. The Warriors guard liked to move without the ball, while the Cavaliers and Lakers Great were most effective with it. Stephen Curry’s most iconic on-court moment was a near-half heave, while LeBron James’ was a block to come back from three-to-nothing.

The most notable difference is that Stephen Curry has remained with the Warriors. Meanwhile, LeBron James is one of the biggest advocates and catalysts for player movement. It was unheard of for a superstar to explore options outside of the team that drafted him prior to his move to the Miami Heat.

Warriors legend has a lot to love

January 27, 2024;  San Francisco, California, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right) talk after the game at Chase Center.  Mandatory credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY
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Despite this animosity on the court, Stephen Curry knew it wouldn’t be that difficult to give LeBron James his flowers. He even outlined how they could even be quite deadly together on the same team, albeit with some caveats. The Warriors guard noted it in his latest podcast episode, via Heat Check.

Everyone was just talking about his ability to cheer up those around him… I heard he’s a light-hearted guy. Always wants to have fun… Maybe we’ll get that, not in the NBA, but maybe in a Team USA type atmosphere.

These two have always been on opposite sides of the field. But that doesn’t mean the Warriors star doesn’t have some love for the veteran who is entering his 22nd year playing NBA ball. After all, these two faced each other 52 times in the regular season and in the play-offs.

Although this rivalry has persisted for over a decade, the Warriors star has maintained the upper hand in terms of being in the win column. Curry has won 29 games to James’ 23, but the Lakers and Cavaliers legend can still catch up if he wins their season series against the Warriors and has a postseason clash.

The Warriors legend also has the upper hand in steals with his average of 1.6 per night. James, on the other hand, has more points, rebounds, assists and blocks in their clashes. This rivalry is pretty much over as these two have shown longevity. But fans will be in for a treat as they will team up for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.