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Curry praises Lakers star James for longevity in NBA

Oct 9 (Reuters) – Four-time NBA champion LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has set the usual for longevity within the league because the 36-year-old entered his nineteenth season, Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry mentioned.

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 within the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018, heaped reward on James.

“He set the standard for that,” Curry mentioned earlier than Friday’s preseason recreation towards the Lakers, which the Warriors received 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 within the off-seasons, particularly the way you maintain 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 faculty days and he was simply coming into his prime within the league,” Curry said.

“And my sophomore 12 months, (NCAA) match run he got here to a recreation, then got here to a recreation my junior 12 months. This is hilarious. I nonetheless have a jersey that he signed again in ’08 in my dad and mom’ 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.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA;  Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports