LeBron James has learned not to fall for Stephen Curry's charming persona. Now he's taking to daytime talk shows to spread the word.
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he responded to DeGeneres' inquiry about his NBA rival. From two consecutive Finals clashes against the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has seen how serious the Baby-Faced Assassin gets on the court.
"He's definitely a great guy," James said. "He's a fierce competitor, I'll tell you that, so don't get fooled by that smile when he comes up here."
He also brought up their Ohio bond.
"I think the best thing for me is that we're two of the most talked-about athletes in the world, and we were both born in Akron, Ohio," James said. "So that means a lot to me."
Tensions mounted during their intense 2016 Finals showdown, but they have expressed mutual respect for each other. After his Warriors fell short to James' Cavaliers in Game 7, Curry tipped his cap to the three-time champion, per Fox Sports' Teddy Mitrosilis:
Winning a championship is no easy task, and he was able to accomplish it with his guys. So you congratulate him. If I do see him, that's basically what I'd say. Enjoy. Obviously he's done it before, but enjoy the moment. They definitely deserve it. They played their butts off and got it done.
Expect the kind words to stop if they meet again for Round 3.