LeBron James and Stephen Curry were visibly excited to play alongside each other for the NBA All-Star Game.
Fans shared their excitement to see the two stars play together for the first time after having battled one another four straight years in the NBA Finals.
i’ve been wanting to see this for a long time https://t.co/21Ynlrtckf
— younggibby✨ (@StevenWoods9) March 5, 2021
LeBron fans and Steph Curry fans coming together for the All Star game like pic.twitter.com/dhobUMXnQ0
— The NBA Expert (@RealNBAExpert) March 5, 2021
Their chemistry and genuine basketball joy during the game was jumping off the screen.
Steph and LeBron look so happy together pic.twitter.com/wPWvrg3vUq
— Stephen ➐ (@stephencurey) March 8, 2021
LeBron James is expected to miss several weeks with his recently suffered right high ankle sprain.
The Los Angeles Lakers star’s running mate, Anthony Davis, has been nursing a calf injury since mid-February. Davis, still not yet 30 years old, has had a more consistent injury history than LeBron who will turn 37 at the end of this year.
LeBron and Davis as a duo were enough to conquer the NBA in the bubble season without having a third star. That notion could be challenged going forward.
Would LeBron actually try to with Steph?
All-Star might have been the first hint of a sign in plain sight.
— Martin S. (@marsoaries) March 19, 2021
Stephen Curry could have signed a max contract extension with the Golden State Warriors last offseason for about $156 million that would have lasted through 2025. He opted not to sign it.
Curry is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
The Warriors have hit hard times since the departure of Kevin Durant and the Klay Thompson injury that left them severely short-handed before the bubble season.
Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers remains totally optimistic about Curry staying in Golden State:
“I think he’s happy. Obviously, fans always are gonna be worried about Steph Curry,” the two-time NBA Executive of the Year said. “But I feel like he’s in a very good place personally [and] professionally.
“I feel pretty good about him wanting to be around. I don’t personally have any — besides the paranoid fears that everybody has that aren’t really rational — besides once in awhile, ‘Well what if this happened?’ But those aren’t based on fact.
“So I feel good about it and I think he feels good about it.”
LeBron has done some masterful recruiting jobs before and if he’s committed enough to win at least one more ring for the Lakers, he might have to consider one last power move. Especially if health is about to become a real factor, and particularly since the super-team trend doesn’t seem to be dissipating any time soon.
James and Curry don’t have much else to prove individually. Neither has to ring-chase at this point.
But if circumstances on both sides made them curious enough, in this NBA, stranger things have happened.