Stephen Curry Reminisces on LeBron James Being in His Prime Since Attending His College Games to Entering Year 19 in 2021

Published 10/09/2021, 12:50 AM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The prime years of any athlete are when they are at the peak of their powers. While some NBA players have a brief prime, others have long spells of playing their best basketball. However, when it comes to LeBron James, it seems his prime has been everlasting. Stephen Curry recently spoke about his insane longevity.

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LeBron entered the league at the age of 18 from high school. Ever since coming in, he was playing great basketball. However, it wasn’t until the time he went to Miami that he saw success in terms of winning. But the ‘King’ entered his prime a long time ago, and it seems he is still on top. Entering his 19th season, James is coming off averaging 25 points per game despite having bad luck with injuries.

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

Recently, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry spoke about the longevity of LeBron’s prime. He remembered the time James came to his college game, which was when the Akron Hammer was entering his prime.

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Stephen Curry speaks on LeBron James and his prime

Curry comes from a family with prior NBA experience. Notably, his father, Dell Curry, played in the league. Dell was also a great shooter and would often take Steph to team practices. This is where he and his brother, Seth, fell in love with the game and pursued it like their father.

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Fast forward to college, Steph was emerging as a bright prospect playing for Davidson college. While playing, he got one of the best experiences one could ask for. LeBron came to one of his games and he received a signed jersey from him as well. This was the time James was entering his prime in the league. While speaking about this, Curry remembered how LeBron has managed to extend his prime from the time of coming to his college games to entering his 19th season.

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Stephen Curry said: “For me, it’s a weird perspective just because I still remember my college days and he was just coming into his prime in the league, and my sophomore year, [NCAA] tournament run he came to a game, then came to a game my junior year. This is hilarious. I still have a jersey that he signed back in ’08 in my parents’ house back in Charlotte. So it’s kind of weird to think about what’s happened in the last 13, 14 years.”

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LeBron James has been in his prime for over a decade and continues to perform at an elite level. Despite being 36, his usage level hasn’t dropped and his productivity seems to only go up. Now with a good team behind him, he has a chance to add to his legacy by winning a 5th championship. Do you think he can become the Finals MVP if Lakers manage to win it all? 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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