Stephen Curry annoyed by ‘face of the NBA’ debate
As Stephen Curry and LeBron James prepare to face each other in the NBA Finals for the second straight year, debate over which player is the NBA’s best will abound. But Curry says he doesn’t care which player is deemed the “face of the NBA,” according to SI’s Ben Golliver.
Curry said that he gets irritated by rankings and comparisons, and that he isn't trying to step on James’s toes.
“It’s really annoying for me,” Curry said Wednesday, according to ESPN. “That’s not what I’m playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron’s throne or whatever. You know, I’m trying to chase rings, and that’s all I'm about. So that’s where the conversation stops for me.”
Curry and the Warriors will be looking to repeat as NBA champions, while the Cavaliers will be playing for their first title in franchise history.
“I’m not in the business of ranking or debating who is what,” Curry said. “At the end of the day it’s about winning, and the fact that we won a championship last year and were the last team standing, obviously, is what was most important to me.”
Curry finished the season as the NBA’s leader in average points per game with 30.1, while James finished in fifth place with 25.3 points per game.
The Warriors will host the Cavaliers for Game 1 of the Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.