Oct 9 (Reuters) – Four-time NBA champion LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has set the usual for longevity in the league because the 36-year-old entered his nineteenth season, Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry stated.
The 17-time All-Star James picked up his fourth NBA Finals MVP title final 12 months after serving to the Lakers win the championship over the Miami Heat, including one other accolade to his dazzling profession.
Curry, who confronted James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for 4 straight years in the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018, heaped reward on James.
“He set the standard for that,” Curry stated earlier than Friday’s preseason sport towards the Lakers, which the Warriors gained 121-114.
“Nine straight Finals, all the things that he’s accomplished. You have a vision of sustaining your prime for as long as you can, kind of re-imagining what that looks like.
“So the work that goes into it, particularly in the off-seasons, particularly the way you deal with your physique, your thoughts. Balance on courtroom, off courtroom.”
Two-time MVP Curry said James started attending his games while the Warriors star was still playing for Davidson College in North Carolina in 2008.
“For me, it is a bizarre perspective simply because I nonetheless keep in mind my school days and he was simply coming into his prime in the league,” Curry said.
“And my sophomore 12 months, (NCAA) match run he got here to a sport, then got here to a sport my junior 12 months. This is hilarious. I nonetheless have a jersey that he signed again in ’08 in my mother and father’ home again in Charlotte.
“So it’s kind of weird to think about what’s happened in the last 13, 14 years.”
The 2021-2022 NBA common season will start on Oct. 19.