"Obviously the rest of the league continues to go, a lot of talent, a lot of great storylines, people chasing championships. But he's had an amazing run. Pretty sure he'll be able to reset for next year and regroup," Curry said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. "It's just different [with James not in the postseason]."
Nonetheless, James' consistency remains impressive.
"It's different, but what is it? [Eight] straight Finals he went to?" Curry said. "I'm sure it's a different experience for him, for better or worse."
It was a disappointing season for the Lakers, who sit at 35-43. The team was beset by injuries, odd roster construction and plenty of drama—as most of L.A.'s young players were rumored to be on the block ahead of the February NBA trade deadline as the Lakers pursued Anthony Davis, and the future of head coach Luke Walton remained in doubt.
While James suffered injuries and only played in 55 games this season, the fewest in his career, he remained highly productive, averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists per contest. His defense may deserve scrutiny, but James remains a force of nature.
But this was not his, or the Lakers', season. James will bear some of that burden. So will the front office. And while Walton may pay the price if he's fired this offseason, Curry was sympathetic the former Warriors assistant coach's circumstance:
"All the injuries they had and expectations coming in with obviously LeBron James joining your team, it goes through the roof. But everything is a process. This league is tough, man. It's hard to win basketball games no matter who you have on your team. ...
"Honestly wish the best for him in terms of the future because who knows what will happen. But he's a great coach. Anybody would be lucky to have him leading the team."