CURRY, JAMES SET FOR STELLAR SQUARE-OFF

Stephen Curry and LeBron James face off in tonight’s All Star Game but might not be together in Rio.

STEPHEN CURRY: We’re only playing this game in the grand scheme of things for a very short time. So there are a lot of different opportunities that basketball brings, and if you handle them the right way, a lot of good can come out of it: Obviously the impact to the community, inspiring the next generation with whatever story you want to tell, and basically trying different opportunities and experiences that I never really thought possible without this game.

Q. Will you play in Rio?

STEPHEN CURRY: I plan hopefully to be on that team. Playing in the Olympics, I’ve never done it before. I’ve played in two World Championship teams.

Q. Nature of international competition?

STEPHEN CURRY: It’s different. This is what we do day to day, this is our livelihood, and this is winning an NBA Championship, I think that’s the ultimate accomplishment, but when you’re talking opportunity, obviously, to represent your country, you have the opportunity to go fight for a Gold Medal in the Olympics, that’s the icing on the cake for sure. So hopefully we’ll get that done.

Q. How nostalgic is it for you to come back and play in this town where you’ve had some success here?
STEPHEN CURRY: I always look forward to my one trip to the Air Canada Centre to play the Raptors, and to have the All-Star Game here and be back, my pops is here, and we talked about our experience when I was living here on and off for three years. So I love the city, love the people here. It’s good for the city to be able to host an All-Star Game and have all these guys come and play. It’s a special time.

Q. Would you like to get the single-game record of 12 three- pointers?
STEPHEN CURRY: I thought I had it two weeks ago, but it was two short or one short of the record. But Kobe and Donyell Marshall I think are the two guys that have it. A lot has to go right. We have to get up a lot of threes but make a lot of them. So I may be able to do it. It will come within the context of the game. That’s the hardest thing to do. Obviously, once you make five or six, they’re probably not going to let you shoot many more, so you have to force them up.

Q. What’s cool about this All Star?

STEPHEN CURRY: Having two teammates here especially. Because basketball is a team game, and to have two other guys represent the full squad and all that we’ve accomplished is huge.

For Klay [Thompson] to be here his second time and Draymond [Green] his first, I think it’s the first time in like 40 years, they said, that we’ve had three guys from the Warriors team here. So we’re going to enjoy the experience.

Had the coaching staff last year and now three of us this year. So Dub Nation is well represented.

Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

Q. What’s your take on the Cavs having only one All Star?

LeBRON JAMES: I’m looking at some of other teams here and they have multiple All-Stars. I looked at the top four teams in both conferences, myself, as far as the Cavs, Toronto, San Antonio and Golden State, and it’s unfortunate that we only have one. But we’ll see what happens.

Our guys just got to use it as motivation. I’ll try to use it as motivation as well. Winning a championship is a huge piece of it, but it would have been great to see us get two.

Q. You’ve played a ridiculous amount of basketball in the last few years, and playing in the Olympics, like how —
LeBRON JAMES: It’s just dedication, dedication and hard work. I give everything to the game. I dedicate myself to the game every day. There’s nothing that will overpower what the game has done for me, so I give my all to it.

Q. Will you play at the 2016 Olympics?

LeBRON JAMES: Well, for me, I haven’t quite decided if I’m on the fence of going or not. But I’ve always loved representing my country. I’ve been playing in the Olympic Games since 2004. So, no, I haven’t made a decision yet.

Q. What’s it like with Coach Lue being here?

LeBRON JAMES: I think it’s great. He would have been here anyways. I heard some rookies say why would Coach Lue accept the fact to come to the All- Star Game? Well, he would have been here anyways. Even if Coach Blatt would have been our coach, Coach Lue would still be here. So I think it’s pretty cool that our coaching staff is here representing our organization. I know he’s going to have a great time with it.

Q. Kobe was sitting here and he gave you shoes. Were they shoes for your kids? What is the special gift for you or your kids?
LeBRON JAMES: No, they were to me. They were dedicated to me, and they’re going to go in my trophy case.

Q.Have you anything planned in Toronto?

LeBRON JAMES: No, I don’t have too many plans this weekend. I’m going to enjoy the city. It’s an unbelievable city. I love being here. I’ve always enjoyed being here. So I’m going to enjoy it, and then get ready for the second half of the season.

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