Stephen Curry Admits He Still Has the Jersey LeBron James Signed for Him in College: “He Called Me the King of Basketball in North Carolina”

Published 01/10/2022, 11:55 PM EST
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Some rivalries in the NBA are legendary in their own right. One of the recent rivalries that fits the case is Stephen Curry vs LeBron James. The two stars have head-to-head competed for the title of best player almost every year in the recent memory.

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Moreover, they have had countless battles in the NBA Finals too. However, when Steph was in college, the King, four years elder, loved the way the young Curry played the game. LeBron even gave him a signed jersey that the Baby Faced Assassin still holds.

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Steph came into the NBA out of Davidson college and that was where the point guard first made a name for himself as a lethal shooter. During LeBron’s fifth year in the league, he went to watch multiple games of Steph Curry. After setting the single season record for most threes, Curry came in as a hot prospect to the NBA.

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Today, after all these years, the 33-YO still keeps one memory of him and LeBron from his college days. The Warriors guard still has the signed jersey LeBron gave him.

Stephen Curry holds that gift from LeBron James very close

Before going head to head in the NBA, Curry and LeBron shared quite a relationship. James was going to Curry’s basketball games during the latter’s sophomore year in college and was impressed with the way he played. One of the times, LeBron signed a jersey for Curry which the guard still keeps at his parents’ place in Charlotte.

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

In an interview, Steph said: “I actually still have the jersey he gave me. He signed a jersey for me. I think that was November of my junior year. 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.”

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Curry sure is right on the rival part of things. It was against LeBron James that Curry won his first ever NBA championship. As for James, he got even with the Baby Face Assassin after completing one of the greatest comebacks in sports history the following year.

Both of these stars bring the best out of each other whenever they face off. While both have their own fan bases, one thing that doesn’t change is the respect they share for one another. This was also seen last year during the All-Star game where the two stars bonded during the game.

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With the battles that these two have had over the years, do you think LeBron James and Stephen Curry’s rivalry is one of the best in the NBA? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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