Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton believes LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world, not noted Panthers fan Stephen Curry.
Newton made the comments on WFNZ’s The Mac Attack show.
Curry’s Warriors entered Thursday leading James’s Cavaliers 2–1 in the NBA Finals, having already defeated LeBron’s Cavs in last year’s championship round. Curry is also the NBA’s reigning MVP, but Newton believes James is still the better player.
“A person asked me, ‘Well, is Steph Curry the best basketball player on the planet?’” Newton said. "I said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Steph Curry is the best basketball player on the best team on the planet.’
“I still think LeBron is [the best player]. He’s 6-7, athletic, can do anything on the court. But LeBron is not on the best team. Going back to what I was saying, the power of team will always be better than the power of skill.”
Newton is also the reigning MVP in his sport. The former Auburn star led the Panthers to a 15–1 record and Super Bowl appearance last season.