The tension is mounting between LeBron James and Stephen Curry, and that goes beyond the domain of the 2016 NBA Finals. Is LeBron James still the face of the NBA, or has he lost the status to Stephen Curry?
Curry’s jersey is the league’s best seller, an honor which he bagged last summer surpassing James for the first time. And it’s the Warriors guard, not James who has won the back-to-back MVP awards. Curry is the leading scorer in this league and LeBron has never led the NBA in terms of scoring since 2008.
And the MVP’s Warriors defeated James’ Cavs in the last edition’s NBA finals.
Curry seems to be annoyed with the entire NBA circuit drawing such comparisons.
“I’m not in the business of ranking or debating who is what,” Curry said on Wednesday. “At the end of the day it’s about winning and the fact that we won a championship last year and were the last team standing.”
“It’s really annoying for me to be – that’s not what I’m playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron’s throne or whatever. I’m trying to chase rings, and that’s all I’m about.”
The James-Curry debate has gone past the simple rationale that whether such a comparative analysis could be done or not considering the difference of their heights or their games. James is 6-8, 260 pounds; Curry is 6-3, 190.
James is unperturbed by this but admitted that there is tension between him and the MVP.
“I don’t think me and Steph – when you talk about rivalries, you talk about Carolina-Duke, you talk about Ohio State-Michigan, it’s hard to say LeBron and Steph,” James said. “If there’s a smaller scale or another word for a rival…”