Cam Newton has never been one to hold his tongue or say anything other than what he really believes. So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that during an appearance on WFNZ-AM's "The Mac Attack" on Thursday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback said Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is a better player than Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry.
"LeBron is [the best player]. He's 6-foot-7 [sic], athletic, and can do anything on the court," Newton said.
Newton tried to make it clear that he was talking about each player as an individual talent. He went on to say that Curry is "the best basketball player on the best team on the planet." Curry's Warriors finished the regular season 73-9, breaking the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls' longstanding record for most wins in a single season.
Still, Newton's statements might seem strange considering Curry's ties to the Carolina Panthers. The Warriors' long-distance bomber played drums in the Panthers' "Keep Pounding" pre-game ritual twice last season. One of those occasions came at the Super Bowl, where Curry got his own locker inside the team's locker room. Curry attended high school in Charlotte and Davidson College, in North Carolina.
The comments may also seem odd considering that Curry was named the NBA's first-ever unanimous MVP this season, a year in which he averaged 30.1 points per game on 50.4 percent shooting.
But a case can be made that James is a better all-around player. This season, he averaged 25.3 points per game on 52 percent shooting, but he also hauled down 7.4 rebounds per game (compared to Curry's 5.4) and dished around the same number of assists (6.8 compared to Curry's 6.7). James has also played better than Curry during the post-season, averaging 24.6 points per game on 53 percent shooting, compared to Curry's average of 24.4 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting.
Newton may have given up "The Dab," but he's still stirring controversy.
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