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Warriors guard Stephen Curry indicated Tuesday in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show that he believes he is the better offensive player compared to Cleveland’s LeBron James.
Asked by Patrick who is the better offensive player, Curry said he had never before been asked that question.
“Me,” Curry then said, chuckling. “Gotta be, right?”
Told the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James is the better scorer and that Curry is the better shooter, Curry said, “I don’t know because he obviously demands a lot attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.”
Patrick then asked Curry how he’d answer the question if in a game it’d be a contest of which player could score more points, and the 6-foot-3 point guard again expressed confidence.
“I’d like to say my shot would help me in that situation,” said Curry, who averaged a career-high 24 points per game and led the NBA with 261 made three-pointers. “If I get a double-team, I could hopefully shoot from farther out.”
James, a 6-foot-8 forward, was third in the NBA averaging 27.1 points per game last season for Miami.
Curry in an apparent response to the attention his comments received tweeted, “That’s funny. Anything is news these days lol.”
Curry told Patrick he was surprised James left the Heat to return to play for his hometown team in the Cavaliers, but added, “I’m sure there’s no better feeling than going home.”
The subject was raised to Curry on The Doug Gottlieb Show last week when asked if watching what James did would lead him to consider playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets.
“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like,” said Curry, who is in the middle of a four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Warriors. “My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.
“Right now I feel like I’ve got three years left on my deal, so this isn’t going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that’s what it’s all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it’s going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion.”