At least one of Steph Curry and LeBron James has been involved in each of the last 10 NBA Finals series, including four straight years in which they went head-to-head for the title. The former is coming off a season in which he played only five games and his team finished in dead last, while the latter is still celebrating winning the NBA championship in the Orlando bubble with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last season was a unique one for the Curry-James rivalry, in that only one of them played for a legitimate contender. But heading into the upcoming 2020-21 season, the landscape has changed, as both the Lakers and the Warriors (to a lesser extent) are expected to be among the top teams in the West.
It has been decades since Los Angeles and Golden State both were good at the same time, and this season presents an opportunity for that regional rivalry to be taken up another notch or two. But from Curry’s perspective, there is no individual rivalry with James to speak of, but rather just two world-class competitors who frequently have been intertwined.
“We did play, the Warriors-Cavs, four years in a row,” Curry told Complex’s Zach Frydenlund. “It’s not that long ago in terms of that whole conversation and whatnot. And now obviously him being in the West, in the same division, and should play them four times in a normal year. But I think…