Three-time NBA Champion, Stephen Curry, appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast and referred to his relationship with LeBron James and the trash-talking they had in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
Here is what Curry said:
On his relationship with the “King”: “There’s definitely a mutual respect. I would say though when you see guys working out with each other in the summers and you see guys playing pickup and all that — when you step foot on the court during the season, it’s a totally different environment.
Guys can be buddies and friends and have whatever type of relationship they want to have in the summer and off the court, but the rivalry and competition and egos and all that stuff that lives in an NBA game and when you’re trying to hold that trophy … it’s really there and it’s not going anywhere.”
On the trash-talking during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals: “It was never going to spill over to that, but it was an interesting moment. He stared me down and he said something to me.
And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now?’ And he was like, ‘I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I’m a mentor’ and it’s a part of his leadership and that type of deal.”