Four-time NBA champion LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has set the standard for longevity in the league as the 36-year-old entered his 19th season, the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry said.
James, a 17-time All-Star, collected his fourth NBA Finals MVP title last year after helping the Lakers win the championship against the Miami Heat, adding another accolade to his dazzling career.
Curry, who faced James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for four consecutive years in the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018, praised James.
“He set the standard for that,” Curry said before Friday’s preseason game against the Lakers, which the Warriors won 121-114.
“Nine consecutive finals, all the things he has accomplished. You have the vision to maintain your best moment for as long as possible, re-imagining what that looks like.
“So you know the work involved, especially in the low seasons, especially how you take care of your body, your mind. Balance on the court, off the court. “
Curry, a two-time MVP, said James began attending his games while the Warriors star was still playing for Davidson College in North Carolina in 2008.
“For me, it’s a strange prospect just because I still remember my college days and he was reaching his peak in the league,” Curry said.
“And in my sophomore year, in an (NCAA) tournament, he came to a game, then he came to a game in my junior year. This is very funny. I still have a jersey that he signed in 2008 at my parents’ house in Charlotte.
“So it’s kind of weird to think about what happened in the last 13 or 14 years.”
The 2021-2022 NBA regular season will begin on October 19.