For the first 15 years of his career, LeBron James has only played in the Eastern Conference. That means that the Golden State Warriors only ever faced him twice in a season, though of course they played against LeBron plenty more times in the playoffs.
But that’s about to change. Now that James has signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, he’ll not only be in the Western Conference, but in the Pacific Division as well. And that means that he’ll face the Warriors four times every regular season.
That’s pretty exciting for fans, but it’s also exciting for Stephen Curry, who sounds intrigued be the current Lakers team. The Lakers remain one of the most popular teams in the world, though they haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, when they still had Kobe Bryant. For a long time, Lakers games in Oakland were filled with as many fans in purple and gold as in Warriors colors.
Curry remembered those time when told the Associated Press that he was excited for the start of the new rivalry, stating that, “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. 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.”
There’s nothing in the NBA more fun than James and his team taking on Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Warriors. Getting four of these games in the regular season is going to be amazing.