Hnot since Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had a unique rivalry in the 1980s when they led Boston Celtics as well as Los Angeles Lakers multiple finals, have we had something similar in the NBA before today where Stephen Curry and LeBron James filled the headlines as the two most dominant players of our era.
“King” came to the NBA in Draft 2003and “Chief” did it in Draft 2009despite six years apart, James had the man in Curry who prevented him from extending his basketball dominance, and since the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Boston Celtics in the 2022 Finals, both players have the same Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Curry and James, four championships each
Curry has won four NBA championships in his career (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022) and they have all won with his only team in his career, Golden State Warriorsand James has the same four (2012, 2013, 2016 and 2020), however he did it with three franchises, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
While it is true that LeBron was the better player overall and that he is the better player by the vast majority, Curry outperformed The King in a head-to-head duel because they faced each other in four NBA Finalsall in a row, and the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in three of them.
Three-point leader vs. next leader in points
“Chief” already best 3-point shooter in history and it will not be long before the “King” becomes top scorer in historythese are two great players, no doubt, but at least for now, the focus is on the face of Stephen Curry, not LeBron James, once again.