LeBron James used to go out of his way to watch Stephen Curry play. And like he does now, Curry put on a show.
“I just kind of read upon his story from Day 1 how under-recruited he was,” James told reporters.
“I just thought he was special. I thought he was a special kid. I’m very good at noticing talent, and I thought he was special then. And obviously, he is now still.”
One time, James was playing at Charlotte made his way over to Davidson. Another time, he made the drive over to Detroit for an NCAA tournament game. Both times, he was caught on camera being blown away.
Here’s video from his trips to get his fix of Curry.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three-point basket against the Chicago Bulls in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
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HOUSTON — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals after the NBA announced Tuesday it would not reclassify his foul of the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut to a flagrant foul 2.
“Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. “The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive by the officials working the game with the aid of the replay center. And we don’t see a reason to modify that call.”
Howard was assessed a flagrant foul 1 after his left arm struck Bogut in the head in Game 4 on Monday. Upgrading the foul upon a league review could have led to a fine and/or suspension.
Asked if he wanted Howard suspended, Warriors coach Steve Kerr laughed and said, “I’m not answering that.”
Rockets coach Kevin McHale indicated that he felt Bogut fouled Howard first, and that didn’t get called.
“Bogut grabbed him, and as always, the second foul gets called,” McHale said.
“He swiped his arm back because he felt Bogut grabbed him…The one thing we learn is we should be the first to grab.”
HOUSTON – To James Harden, Ron Adams is more than merely a Warriors assistant coach trying to figure out a way on defense to stop the Rockets star.
“That’s one of my closest friends,” Harden said of Adams on Saturday. “He was one of my mentors when I got in the league. Just to compete against him, I know he has something up his sleeve over there as far as trying to defend me.”
Adams, 67, served as an assistant for Oklahoma City when he saw the Thunder rookie Harden as a future standout. These days, Harden has had scoring performances of 28 and 38 points in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors.
“It’s a little bit irritating to me,” Adams said. “That’s how I think. I don’t want anyone scoring on us.
“I like James a lot up until that clock starts ticking and the game starts.”
After the previous game at the Toyota Center in January when the Warriors held Harden to 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting, he walked side by side with Adams while chatting on their way out of the arena. The two also spent time catching when the two teams met for a preseason game in Hidalgo, Texas.
Adams said he would like to think that his knowledge of Harden’s game would be a big factor in containing it.
“Defensively, he’s one of the best that we have in this league,” said Harden, who learned more man-to-man defense from Adams after playing zone for Arizona State.
“He’s a really smart guy over there.”
Recalled Adams: “James was a precocious guy, and we connected. I’m a left-hander. He’s a left-hander.”