Stephen Curry Admits Cavs’ LeBron James Scouted Him in 2008:”I Was a Sophomore in College and LeBron Was Coming to My Games!”

Published 01/10/2022, 12:30 PM EST
CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES – JUNE 16: LeBron James (R) of Cavaliers and Stephen Curry (L) of Warriors in action during the Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

When one thinks about the best players in the league, two names are always in the mix. LeBron James and Stephen Curry are among the best to play and share a fierce rivalry that has spanned the entire decade.


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LeBron James’ longevity is one of the most admired qualities of his and a recent interview with Stephen Curry with the GQ magazine proves it.

Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is sandwiched between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

During the interview, Curry talked about a very interesting story involving himself and LeBron James. Curry played in the 2008 NCAA tournament when a special guest appeared during one of the games. It was none other than LeBron James who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers then.


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Curry talks about the time LeBron James visited his game

When asked about the rivalry he shares with LeBron, an elated Curry talks about the time James visited one of his sophomore games.

He mentions, “I was a sophomore in college and LeBron was coming to my games! I actually still have the jersey he gave me. He signed a jersey for me. I think that was November of my junior year.”

Curry adds, “On my wall at my parents’ house in Charlotte, it’s still there. And he wrote it to me, called me the king of basketball in North Carolina. So I guess it’s like the corny idols-become-rivals thing.”

Little did LeBron know the young sophomore he praised would turn out to be one of his fiercest rivals.

How good was Stephen Curry in the NCAA?

Stephen Curry played three seasons for Davidson College from 2006 to 2009. He averaged 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for his college team.

His big break came in the 2008 season when he led the Davidson College team to the ‘Elite Eight’ and he averaged 25.9 points.

Curry’s performances for his college got him into the NBA being the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft with the Golden State Warriors signing the point guard.

LeBron James vs Stephen Curry head-to-head


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The two have faced each other 40 times over the span of their career with 22 playoff games. Stephen Curry holds the upper hand with 23 victories. 15 of them have come in playoff matches.

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles a ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Although Curry dominates in terms of games won, LeBron James has the better numbers. He averages 30.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in head-to-head matches. Curry on the other hand 23.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists as per


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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.