‘Not Enough Basketballs’: Former NBA Champion Believes LeBron James and Stephen Curry Teaming Up Won’t Work Out

Published 04/17/2021, 12:00 PM 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 Golden State Warriors are having an unimpressive season. This has prompted rumors of Stephen Curry testing free agency when his contract expires in 2022. And there are already rumors of LeBron James recruiting him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Since their first big face off in the 2015 NBA Finals, LeBron and Curry have been rivals on the court. But that didn’t mean there was a lack of respect- they appreciated each other. Being from the same city, fans were delighted when they finally teamed up in the 2021 All-Star game.

Former NBA champion John Salley wasn’t too keen about rumors of their team-up in 2022. Despite admitting to being a Lakers fan, he said it wouldn’t work out.

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“I don’t think it’d be good for Steph,” Salley said. “But for Steph Curry to come here and share the court with LeBron, there’s not enough room. There’s not enough basketballs for Steph to be on the same team. The games will be 165 points per game. Vegas would be happy. But Steph should retire in a Golden State jersey. Period.”

Would Stephen Curry and LeBron James really not be able to play with each other?

LeBron has played with multiple stars since his Miami Heat days. He shared the ball with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, though they weren’t in their prime and required the ball lesser. He then played with Kyrie Irving at the Cleveland Cavaliers for a few years when Irving had just entered the league. That partnership delivered an NBA championship.

Although Irving left later because he didn’t get the ‘LeBron’ treatment, the on-court partnership didn’t have any problems.

Curry has also played with the likes of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. He has been playing with Klay since Thompson was drafted while they played with Durant for three seasons. This was one of the best teams in the history of the game, and there were zero issues.

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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)

The common theme here? LeBron and Steph are two of the most unselfish superstars to play in the league. Both of them want to get the best out of their teammates and for that, they are always ready to make sacrifices and adjust how they play. So it would be silly to think they cannot play together.

They would probably be one of the best duos ever if this team up happened. And with Anthony Davis already on the team, no other team would want to see this.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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