How does Warriors-Cavs rank as an all-time NBA rivalry?




Highly — but don’t ask LeBron, Steph about it

OAKLAND — When it comes to the modern NBA, there’s one rivalry that stands alone: Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird

The duo’s feud defined an era of pro basketball and they didn’t care if people knew they were targeting each other.

“The first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic did,” Bird once told reporters. “I didn’t care about anything else.”

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In today’s NBA, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have a similar rivalry in that they dominate their respective conferences and fans want to see them clash in the Finals every year. But don’t expect them to acknowledge it publicly.

“I’m not in my right mind to talk about Golden State, it’s too stressful,” James said after beating the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

This comes three months after denying his rivalry with the face of the Warriors’ franchise, Stephen Curry, at the All-Star Game in New Orleans, where James said, “There’s no way you can say, ‘Let’s talk about rivalries,’ and you say, ‘Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,’ and then say, ‘LeBron and Steph.’

“It’s disrespectful to those other three that I just named that you would even try to put us in the class with that.”

Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown compared LeBron’s game to Magic’s after Friday’s practice. But James’ tendency to deny the…

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