Steph Curry says he wasn’t mocking LeBron James in Instagram video


Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors look to close out LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. (Ben Margot/AP)

When Steph Curry is happy, he does the #LeBronChallenge.

That was the Golden State Warriors superstar’s response to the viral video of him ‘mocking’ LeBron James at former teammate Harrison Barnes’ wedding.

While on the golf course preparing for the Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament, Curry was asked if he wanted to address his dancing James impression. He insisted he did not intend to make fun of his on-court rival.

Here’s what Curry had to say to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic.

“I’ve been watching that video twice a day since it happened because it’s my favourite video in the entire world. He 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. And I’ve been doing that dance because of him, 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.”

Curry wasn’t the only NBA star who appeared in the #LeBronChallenge video. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who reportedly asked for a trade from the Cavs so he wouldn’t have to play second fiddle to James, appeared as a laughing bystander.

“One thousand percent,” Curry said on whether or not Irving’s presence blew the incident out of proportion. “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.”

Curry also told Thompson he did not intend on reaching out to James to clear the air.

The #LeBronChallenge became an internet sensation after James posted this video on Instagram in June.

Bald head nut!! #IHearEmPrayingOnMyDownfall #CantStopWontStop #striveforgreatness

1.2m Likes, 55.9k Comments – LeBron James (@kingjames) on Instagram: “Bald head nut!! #IHearEmPrayingOnMyDownfall #CantStopWontStop #striveforgreatness”

Maybe Curry will take his favourite dance to the golf course, too.

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