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Steph Curry-LeBron James rivalry 'is not friendly,' Bill Simmons says

Steph Curry-LeBron James rivalry 'is not friendly,' Bill Simmons says

When it comes to NBA titles in head-to-head matchups, here is the score between Steph Curry and LeBron James:

Steph 3, LeBron 1.

When LeBron went back to Cleveland in the summer of 2014, he did not think his Cavaliers would end up facing Steph's Warriors in the NBA Finals for four straight years.

The four-time NBA MVP had no clue Curry would rise to the prominence he attained.

On the most recent episode of "The Book of Basketball 2.0" podcast, The Ringer's Bill Simmons and ESPN's Brian Windhorst had an exchange that certainly will be of interest to basketball fans everywhere:

Simmons: "We know this -- I'm not sure the average human being knows this -- but the LeBron-Curry thing is pretty real."

Windhorst: "Oh yeah."

Simmons: "It is not friendly. I think LeBron really has genuine disdain for him. And I think Curry's kind of like, 'F--k you, I've won as many titles as you have.' And you could feel it festering in this 2016 (Finals) because there's this underlying current of LeBron has gone back to Cleveland, the King is back, and then Curry comes in and kind of grabs the crown a little bit.

"And more importantly I think to LeBron ... became really popular."

Windhorst: "I don't know if the word jealous is fair because I don't think LeBron is jealous of anybody. But he didn't think it was fair. He's like, 'What about me?'"

Curry's popularity certainly is real. Steph had the No. 1 selling jersey for three straight years from 2016 to 2018 (LeBron was No. 2), and received more All-Star votes than LeBron in 2015 and 2016.

Additionally, Curry became the first unanimous MVP in league history in 2016. In the eyes of many, the "Baby-Faced Assassin" had supplanted LeBron as the face of the NBA.

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For further context and evidence, don't forget about the conversation Curry and Simmons had back in August 2018:

Simmons: "I don't want you guys to like each other. This is my biggest problem with this decade. I like that I'm not positive you and LeBron like each other (Curry starts laughing). Watching from afar, it doesn't seem like you like each other. I'm sure there's a mutual respect."

Curry: "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 whatnot 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."

Simmons: "I don't want you guys to get along. I want adverserial relationships."

Curry: "They're there. They're there. I promise you."

Enough said.

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Why LeBron James went to see Steph Curry play in 2008 NCAA Tournament

Why LeBron James went to see Steph Curry play in 2008 NCAA Tournament

Random story alert!

You probably weren't expecting to read this today, but here we are.

On Wednesday morning, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James felt compelled to comment about Warriors superstar Steph Curry on Twitter:

In the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Curry scored 40 points against Gonzaga in the first round, and followed it up with 30 points vs. Georgetown in the second round.

So on March 28, 2008, LeBron -- whose Cleveland Cavaliers were playing at the Detroit Pistons the following night -- made sure he was at Ford Field in Detroit to watch Curry take on Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

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The future two-time NBA MVP put on a show, racking up 33 points, four assists and four steals as his Davidson Wildcats upset the Badgers.

LeBron almost certainly didn't think he eventually would have a major rivalry with Curry, where the two would face off in the NBA Finals four straight years (with LeBron only winning once), but such is life.

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How LeBron James wanted to use Sonya Curry's strategy at Bronny's game

How LeBron James wanted to use Sonya Curry's strategy at Bronny's game

LeBron James' son, Bronny James, is a freshman at Sierra Canyon High School in Southern California.

On Saturday night, Bronny and the Trailblazers were in Columbus, Ohio to face off against St. Vincent-St. Mary -- LeBron's alma mater.

During a halftime interview, ESPN's Rachel Nichols asked LeBron about how surreal it is to be rooting against his high school.

"I told my wife I needed to do what Steph Curry's mom always does and get the half St. Vincent-St. Mary, half Sierra Canyon jersey for this game," he said jokingly.

We all remember Sonya Curry's dilemma during last year's Western Conference finals when Steph and the Warriors faced Seth and the Blazers.

Perhaps it was best that Golden State swept the series so the anxiety lasted only four games instead of five, six or seven?

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As for Bronny -- he stole an inbounds pass, drove to the basket from halfcourt and made the layup to give his squad a 57-56 lead with 54 seconds remaining. It proved to be the game-winning bucket as Sierra Canyon held on and won 59-56.

It doesn't get much better than that.

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