LeBron James had a long day in Charlotte Saturday, going to the Davidson-N.C. State game at 12 noon in Time Warner Cable Arena and then leading his Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy 20-point win over the Charlotte Bobcats in a 7 p.m. tipoff. James scored 25 in that one despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the Cavs coasted to victory.
You can see the blog post directly below this one for more details on James' exuberant cheering for his friend Curry -- who had 44 points during Davidson's 72-67 win over N.C. State. But it was interesting to hear what James had to say about Curry's NBA prospects Saturday.
LeBron compared Curry to a couple of NBA all stars -- one current, one retired -- when asked to evaluate his game.
"Steph is a guy who can create for himself and also for others with his passing ability," LeBron said. "He’s like a Rip Hamilton in our league. He never stops moving. Those types of players, it’s hard to guard them, no matter how big you are. Guys in the NBA don’t want to continue to chase guys like that. That’s why you see Rip is so successful, and Reggie Miller before Rip, and you see Steph and the success he’s had so far."
Curry has said he won't decide on whether to return to Davidson for his senior year until after this season ends. The junior point guard currently leads the nation in scoring with 31.3 points per game.
Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown said the fact that Curry got James out of the hotel to come watch Curry play was "testimony" to how dazzling Curry really is. Brown said he also watched every minute of the Davidson-N.C. State game and complimented Davidson on how well-coached the team is.
Why didn't LeBron just stay in his hotel and watch the game on TV? Said LeBron of Curry: “He’s one of those players that will get somebody out to go watch. For him to continue to have success at that school – I’m not taking anything away from that school but their team isn’t the best – he makes those guys play hard. They compete in every game they’re in, even against some teams that people say they shouldn’t beat. I can relate to that.”