STEPHEN Curry insisted that he meant no disrespect to LeBron James after a video surfaced online over the weekend that saw the Golden State Warriors star seemingly making fun of the four-time NBA MVP during his former teammate Harrison Barnes’ wedding reception.
In a video posted on an Instagram story on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), which was captured on Twitter by Sports Illustrated, Curry was shown imitating a workout video posted by James last June shortly after the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
What made the video more intriguing was that James’ teammate Kyrie Irving, who had requested a trade from the Cavs last week, was in on the fun, enjoying Curry’s imitation of the Cleveland superstar.
But on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), Curry cleared the air and told The Atlantic’s Marcus Thompson II that his dance was not mockery but is, in fact, a form of homage for James.
“I’ve been watching that video twice a day since it happened because it’s my favorite video in the entire world. [James] made a song popular by making a video. And that lives. So now every time I hear that song, that’s all I think about,” explained Curry.
"And I've been doing that dance because of [James], at my house, at dinner. When something good happens, I pull that out because I like it, and it makes me laugh, and it makes me happy. Not making fun of him,” he added.
Curry also didn’t give a connection to Irving’s presence and the relationship between the two Cavs stars but he pointed out that Irving was not trying to mock James as well.
“That was just a casualty of the moment because me and him were hanging out all night. Then that song came on and I was having a good time. Obviously, that’s a separate side story to their relationship, but neither one of us was trying to clown him,” said Curry.