Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has fired a warning to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, reminding the Dubs' Western Conference counterparts that they're still the team to beat.
The Lakers have been making some serious moves this summer, kicking things off by snagging James in free agency and signing him to a lucrative, $153 million deal. They've also brought in a supporting cast of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee.
Asked for his thoughts on the developments in L.A by USA Today, Curry was rather candid. The guard, who averaged 26.4 points and 6.1 assists last season, told LeBron he still has to get past his Warriors side if he wants to achieve anything noteworthy next term.
Steph isn't sweating LeBron's move to LA https://t.co/fZIx4ccsWM— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 11, 2018
"I don’t know what they’re going to be as a team, because obviously it’s brand new and they don’t have their identity," he said.
"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," Curry said.
"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."
The Warriors have also been getting things done in the market and have signed DeMarcus Cousins since the Lakers agreed their deal with LeBron. The reigning NBA champs have been on the end of rife criticism, with many accusing them of ruining the league with their superteam ambitions.
Curry, though, disagrees and has spoken out in defense of his team.
"So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever," he added.
"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."
Golden State has won three out of the last four NBA Finals and have been dominating American basketball for some time now. With LeBron having moved to the West, competition is poised to get thick, yet Steph doesn't see King James taking over his throne just yet.