This past year’s NBA Finals may have been one of the greatest Finals in NBA history. There were historic numbers being put up like LeBron James’ triple double in a Game 7 (third time that’s happened in NBA history), Kyrie Irving’s incredibly efficient scoring, and, of course, the Cavs epic comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Championship.
James has had one hell of a year, and he joined the Ellen Degeneres Show to discuss the NBA Finals and Stephen Curry, who he says should not trick everybody with his smile and baby-face.
“He’s definitely a great guy,” James said. “He’s a fierce competitor, I’ll tell you that. So don’t get fooled by that smile when he come up here. If any of y’all play basketball or golf, he’s going to try to get it from you. So don’t get fooled.
Known as ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin,’ Curry doesn’t have an intimidating look about him at all. This season, however, Curry took down opponents with his sharpshooting en route to a second consecutive MVP award. His magic stopped in the NBA Finals as he failed to lead his Warriors to one victory in the final three games.
Facing off against and defeating the Warriors to deliver a championship to Cleveland is one huge thing, but another fact that isn’t really talked about is something James takes a lot of pride in: the fact that both players were born in Akron, Ohio.
“For me, I think the best thing for me is that we’re two of the most talked-about athletes in the world, and we were both born in Akron, Ohio. So that means a lot to me.”
It’s the offseason, and with the huge burden of winning for Cleveland off of James’ shoulders, he’s taking it a little easy and speaking kindly of his opponent. If they face off for a third consecutive NBA Finals, however, you won’t see any of this.