Stephen Curry: “West Stronger With LeBron, But You Still Got To Beat Us”
With one free agency move, the Los Angeles Lakers went from being a team hoping to get a high 2019 draft pick to an actual title contender after the signing of LeBron James.
24 hours after that news, the Golden State Warriors decided to get even better by adding all-star DeMarcus Cousins to the roster, who will be fully healthy by the time 2019 kicks off.
Stephen Curry recognizes that the Western Conference just got that much tougher with the addition of one man, but he also sent a truth bomb by stating that the Warriors still have to be defeated in the long run.
Via USA Today:
“There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit – including us. It’s going to be fun for fans, playing (more) in the regular season and who knows in the playoffs. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you’ve still got to beat us.”
Curry also spoke on the notion that fans believe the team has effectively ruined the entire NBA by having so many all-stars:
“So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever. We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice. Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us. That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going and that type of stuff.”
The Warriors have won 3 out of the last 4 NBA Titles, and besides the 3-1 lead that lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, only the Houston Rockets can say they had this team on the brink of elimination, being down 3-2 in the WCF in 2018.
To quote a great character on one of the best TV series of all time: “You come at the king, you best not miss.”