Steph Curry, who hosted the 2022 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night kicked it all off by poking some light-hearted fun at his longtime rival and fellow NBA legend LeBron James

James was the first ever NBA player to host the ESPY Awards way back in 2007 and Curry, who won the NBA Championship this year with the Golden State Warriors, had something to say about that. 

“I’m the second NBA player to host this award show, which is kind of crazy to think about,” Curry told the audience. 

“LeBron James, he hosted this award show back in 2007, after losing in the NBA Finals,” he opined, before taking a deliberate sip of his drink as the crowd collectively giggled. “So yes, you guessed it, this feels better, this feels better!”

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The LeBron-Curry rivalry is of course one for the ages. The two have faced off many times in the past and it has usually been Curry that has come out on top, having a 3-1 record over James in the 4 times that his Golden State Warriors have faced off with James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Finals. 

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Curry seemed in a cheeky mood at the Dolby Theatre in LA as he continued on to making the Boston Celtics the butt of his next few jokes; it were the Celtics, after all, that were the losing finalists of this year’s NBA Championships. 

He stated that as a Warriors player, he felt a lot better being in LA having just beaten the Celtics recently because “there’s nothing LA loves more than beating the Celtics.”

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The banter didn’t ease up as he spotted the Celtics’ Grant Williams, calling out to him: “It’s great to see you again, my man!”

The young power forward would have been wanting the ground to swallow him up as Curry continued the trolling, suggesting that Williams was in awe of Curry’s outfit- offering him the chance to borrow it after the ceremony, even offering him the chance to wear the NBA Championship ring which the Celtics star of course missed out on at Curry’s expense. Ouch!