Windhorst: Lakers' LeBron James Started Recruiting Steph Curry at All-Star Break

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2021

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, pressures Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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LeBron James and Steph Curry sure seemed to enjoy playing together at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

LeBron has apparently begun wondering what it'd be like if they made it more of a long-term arrangement.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said James put on a "full-court press" in an attempt to start recruiting Curry to the Lakers. 

Windhorst said on his Hoop Collective podcast (around the 40-minute mark): 

"I thought it was hilarious over All-Star Weekend, LeBron praising Steph up and down ... how much he loves his game, how much he respects him. LeBron has obviously put the full-court press on, not the full-court press, but LeBron has obviously begun the recruiting of Steph, just in the event that he wouldn't extend and that somehow he would become a free agent and that the Lakers would have a swing at him."

Windhorst went on to say (around the 45-minute mark) that LeBron feels there's "some doubt" about whether Curry wants to remain with the Warriors after his contract expires. Curry will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season.

Curry leaving the Warriors for the Lakers is typically the type of fanfiction left to Lakers message boards. The Warriors will likely do everything in their power to keep Curry in the Bay for his entire career and make him the type of one-team franchise legend that's a rarity in sports.

That said, this is the modern sports era. Imagine the reaction if you told people three years ago that Tom Brady would be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, or that James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would be teaming together for the Brooklyn Nets. The modern sports landscape means you can never rule anything out, no matter how implausible it may seem.

Still, LeBron and Curry being teammates is pretty high up on the sports implausibility list


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