Saturday, March 29, 2008


Stephen Curry and LeBron James: A final take
Posted by Doug Lesmerises
March 29, 2008

When Stephen Curry showed up at his Detroit hotel Thursday night, the Witness T-shirts were already there. When the seven busloads of Davidson students arrived in Detroit on Friday evening, the Witness T-shirts were waiting for them, too.

"That's pretty cool, to have a shirt like that made for the Wildcats," Curry said.

When the Davidson students arrived at Ford Field on Friday for Davidson's Midwest Regional semifinal with Wisconsin, the LeBron James rumors were already hot. Maybe they would witness him witnessing them. He bought a ticket from the assistant women's soccer coach ... he'll be at the game ... in a Witness T-shirt ... rooting for Davidson.

"He's a smart man," said Davidson senior Ashley Cramer.

"He knows who to root for," said her friend, fellow senior Harper Addison.

With the Cavs in town for a game with the Pistons on Saturday night, James did make the game, though his seats right behind press row were likely not provided by a soccer coach.

His presence was noted by an appearance on the Ford Field scoreboard. The Detroit fans booed. Curry saw him on the board while at the foul line. James had already singled Curry out for praise earlier in the week.

"He's a very, very, very, very, very good basketball player," James said. "I don't know if he's coming out (in the draft) this year. When he does, he has a spot."

Asked courtside why he was there, James said, "I'm here to watch the kid."

"I don't know what his schedule is like, to make an NCAA game," Curry said after scoring 33 points in Davidson's 73-56 win. Many of the questions he was asked after the victory were about James showing up. "I know he's greatness."

James saw greatness too, moved enough to rise from his seat several times after Curry plays.

"Steph can do it all," Davidson point guard Jason Richards said. "That's just how Steph Curry plays. He's done it all for us all year."

He's just the fourth player in NCAA history to score at least 30 points in his first four NCAA Tournament games. Smiling, happy, confident, Curry is a good winner.

"It's not surprising to win these games," Curry said. "This is just the confidence that we had."

Curry had no idea James was coming, wasn't sure which team he was rooting for. He's finally told what James said, that he was there to watch him.

"It's pretty cool," Curry said. "That also ties into the fact that he's here to watch us. Actually, I don't like to tie into that because I don't play for anybody in the stands. I play for God and my family, so anybody in the stands is cool. I hope I can entertain them, but when it comes down to it, I don't say I'm going to go out there and say I'm going to play for Lebron. But still, it's very cool that he was here."

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