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Now that LeBron James is in the Western Conference, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will get four matchups against James during the regular season as opposed to the two times they used to see James when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and the games between the Warriors and LA should be very entertaining.
Curry says he knows there will be more Laker fans at Oracle Arena now that James is on the team, but is hopeful Dub Nation will keep control of their home court.
“And a whole new-look Laker team with some of the young kids. It should be fun, the Bay Area and L.A. and the whole thing,” Curry told The Associated Press. “When I first got into the league Oracle would be buzzing any time the Lakers came in. There probably will be a revolution of Laker fans that are going to try to creep in but I hope Bay Area and Dub Nation we keep control of that competition because we’re on top right now.”
Curry and the Warriors have won back-to-back championships and three of the last four Finals against James. Golden State got even more talented this summer, as they signed DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year, $5.3 million deal — sending shockwaves throughout the league.
Cousins, who is rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon, won’t be ready to suit up until later in the season. Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games with the New Orleans Pelicans while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three.
“It’s interesting because nobody going into free agency thought about DeMarcus as an option then all of a sudden he found his way onto our team,” Curry said. “So for us to have a new dynamic, a new look, whenever he’s fully healthy it should be amazing. I think we got better. Obviously we lost some pieces that were very vital to us winning a championship but you’ve got to evolve, you’ve got to find different things to focus on as you’re trying to repeat, so it should be exciting.”
While Curry admits the rugged West will be even tougher now with the best player in the game switching conferences, the sharpshooter says everything runs through the Warriors.
“LeBron is in a great market,” Curry told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s in a great city, he’s around a great organization that has had a history of winning, he’s with Magic (Johnson). It’s interesting for him to make a move. 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. The West obviously got stronger with LeBron, but you’ve still got to beat us.”