The two biggest names in the NBA at the moment are LeBron James and Steph Curry, with both of their teams meeting in the finals for the last two seasons.
James is a four-time MVP and with Curry becoming the first player to win the MVP award unanimously last year, he has two.
And even though they’ve had classic finals and there are similarities between the pair, the cavaliers star doesn’t see the Warriors player as a rival.
“I don’t have a rivalry with Steph Curry,” James said after Saturday’s All-Star practice session. “There’s no way you can say, ‘Let’s talk about rivalries,’ and you say, ‘Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,’ and then say ‘LeBron and Steph.’
“It’s disrespectful to those other three that I just named that you would even try to put us in the class with that. We haven’t had enough battles, and who’s to say we will have future battles. We’ll see, but to put us in a category with [them], it’s impossible. You can’t do it.”
James has gone so far as to say that there was not even a team rivalry in today’s game, an opinion Warriors forward Draymond Green disagreed with.
“I think this is a rivalry,” Green said last month. “It’s definitely fun. A team that you beat, beat you, it’s definitely fun. If you look at the last two years and this year, we’ve been the top two teams in the league each year, and so I look at it as a rivalry, and it’s definitely a fun game to play in. But I don’t really care if anyone else sees the game the way I see it. I see how I see it, and they can see it how they see it.”