After adding Kevin Durant this summer, the Golden State Warriors went from being the darlings of the NBA to the league’s No. 1 public enemy. With Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors are now seen by many as a super-team, a villainous squad that will easily waltz to a championship next season and for the next several years.
Yet the Warriors aren’t the only team that had a recent shift in narrative. After guiding the Cavs back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to defeat Golden State, LeBron James is now viewed as a hero for not only coming back from seemingly insurmountable odds but for bringing a championship to Northeast Ohio, something he prophesied he would do.
Both narratives have their merits, but for Steph, the idea that LeBron is a hero and the Warriors are villains is simply hilarious. From Curry’s interview with ESPN’s Darren Rovell:
Curry is amused by the narrative that LeBron James, by bringing the title to his native Cleveland, became the hero while the Warriors — after signing Durant — became the villains.
“I kind of laugh at that,” Curry said. “Obviously how the Finals ended [and] what happened, that’s sports. That’s what you love about it. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Obviously it stinks to not win, but playing for a championship for two years in a row has been an amazing, amazing journey and I don’t think it’s over.
“All that narrative around our team, how people view us, doesn’t really matter to us. We are who we are and we’re championship contenders going forward.”
It should be noted that Curry isn’t laughing at or criticizing the storyline that James is now a hero. He is merely laughing at the narratives that are created and exist because of sports, which, if you think about it, is pretty amusing.
Plus as Curry points out, the narrative that the Warriors are villains won’t really have any impact on their play on the court. They are going to play their game no matter what people think about them. The rest of the league and opposing fans will simply just have to deal with it.
Source: CBS Sports / Steph Curry amused by LeBron ‘hero,’ Warriors ‘villains’ narrative