AceShowbiz - Despite being former rivals, Stephen Curry (II) has no hard feelings for LeBron James. During his appearance in a podcast interview, the Golden State Warriors player had nothing but positive words about the Los Angeles Lakers star.
Speaking on the "Old Man and the Three" podcast, Curry talked about the time when he went against James and Kyrie Irving, who played for Cleveland Cavaliers at the time, for the 2016 NBA title. At the time, the Warriors, led by Curry and Klay Thompson, took a 3-1 lead in the Finals. However, James and Irving unexpectedly produced one of the greatest NBA Finals performances that earned Cleveland Cavaliers a history-making victory.
"You're up 3-1 and you're counting the win as 'let's just get it done,' " Curry said of the match on the podcast. "Draymond's [Green] suspension was a little distraction but still you're right there. Two-time defending champions, back-to-back the whole vibe."
He went on to say, "Then you know how it ended. That 3-1 situation, I've never seen two guys play at that level for three straight games. That's the craziest thing I've ever seen. Bron and Kyrie were just on... I mean we played well. They just played better."
In the episode, which also featured former NBA player JJ Reddick, the four-time NBA champ went on to say, "It was hard to watch and be in that vibe where you couldn't do anything about it. We still have the chance to win game five down the stretch, then the Kevin Love possession, which is the one play where I knew I should have done something better."
Recalling the moment, Curry further shared, "There was way more time on the clock than I thought, I was trying to answer Kyrie's three over me, that was in my head. I forced up a shot, we lost momentum and they won on our floor." He added, "You can always tip your hat to someone who just outplayed you. And that's what they did for three straight games."
The 2016 NBA victory did mean a lot to the Cavs as the team had never won the NBA Championship before. It also became the first NBA team ever to come from 3-1 down in Finals series and win.