Lakers’ LeBron James explains why he views Warriors’ Stephen Curry as NBA MVP

In most cases throughout his 18-year NBA career, LeBron James did not want to see Stephen Curry to succeed. That’s because James and Curry played against each other in four consecutive NBA Finals.

Even if the same logic applies when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Wednesday, James argued that Curry should bring home at least some hardware this season.

“We’re playing versus, in my opinion, the MVP of our league this year in Steph,” James said. “We got to be prepared for everything they have. They have championship DNA.”

After all, Curry, forward Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr went up against James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018. After the Warriors won in 2015, James helped the Cavs the following year to become the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit. That partly prompted the Warriors to acquire Kevin Durant, who then helped the Warriors win consecutive titles while winning two Finals MVP awards.

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