Perk says LeBron still relishes beating Steph, Warriors

Steph Curry, LeBron James

Much has been made about the relationship between Steph Curry and LeBron James over the years.

While some have detected iciness between the two basketball greats, they have played nice, done some copycatting on the floor and given each other shoutouts through the media.

NBA commentator Kendrick Perkins joined ESPN’s "Get Up" on Monday to weigh in on Steph-LeBron, a day after the Lakers rolled to a 117-91 victory over the Warriors. Per usual, Perkins offered a brash opinion on the subject.

"Every chance that LeBron James gets to put the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry across his lap and give them a spanking, he's gonna do just that,” Perkins said.

The former NBA vet makes a living giving hot takes, so he knows what he’s doing when he says this. Pit the Warriors and Lakers’ fan bases against one another on Twitter, and watch the fireworks fly.

For what it’s worth, James and Curry seemed cordial Sunday night.

James and the Lakers didn’t give the Warriors much of a chance in their latest meeting after ceding a 19-point comeback on Jan. 18. On Sunday, James finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists while Curry totaled 16 points with seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.


Curry and James will always be linked after meeting in the NBA Finals four straight times from 2015 through '18. Curry holds a 22-15 edge in 37 head-to-head meetings with James, including a 15-7 mark in the playoffs.

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As Curry noted after the game, teams might still be trying to get revenge on the Dubs from their dynasty years. Perhaps it was a subtle nod to James, who was enemy No. 1 and went 1-3 in Finals appearances against Golden State.

The Warriors and Lakers are scheduled to play each other just once more this season, coming on March 15 at the Chase Center. You can bet Curry will want to put on a show after the latest “spanking” from his rival.

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