Stephen Curry cracks a Lakers joke, roasts Rams at ESPY Awards
Athletes were on the hot seat when Steph Curry went after a couple of players when he hosted the ESPYS Awards on Wednesday night. The Golden State Warriors star threw some hilarious jabs during his opening monologue. His jokes are funny, and the crowd responded with laughter.
Donning a lime-green suit and a drink in his hand, Curry is set to lure the crowd with his playful hits. He went after the Boston Celtics, Tom Brady, and his Golden State Warriors teammates during his opening spill.
Curry, who hosted the show at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, also went for his ultimate rival. He poked fun at Los Angeles Lakers star and former ESPYs host LeBron James.
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Steph Curry said with emphasis on the “losing” statement, “LeBron James, he hosted this award show back in 2007 after losing in the NBA Finals. So yes, you guessed it, this feels better.”
He added, “I’m the second NBA player to host this award show, which is kind of crazy to think about.”
Furthermore, LeBron James was only 22 years old player for the Cleveland Cavaliers when he hosted the ESPYs. He was the second athlete to host the event alongside another co-host, Jimmy Kimmel. In 2007 during his ESPYs hosting stint, he told the audience to “stop all the hate and buy my shoes.” While performing Bobby Brown’s rendition of “My Prerogative.”
Furthermore, Curry has faced LeBron James in the NBA Finals four times. Golden State Warriors bested Lebron James when he was still with Cleveland Cavaliers. In three of their four NBA Final matches, the Cavs returned from a 1-3 deficit and won the 2016 NBA title against the Warriors.
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While the Laker’s quip isn’t the only one Curry prepared for the night, he also had some for the other athletes. Thanks to his mentor, comedian Kevin Hart, who helped him with his monologue for the night.
More of Steph Curry’s disses for the night
One of the hilarious disses also centered around the Los Angeles Rams’ quest for the Super Bowl last season. Curry said, “Super Bowl champions – I know that sounds great. It was so inspiring watching y’all play, win a Super Bowl, and celebrate. It’s just inspiring to see that strategy of buying old superstars pay off for a local team around here.”
Then Curry shifted his attention to NBA player Dikembe Mutombo. He candidly asked him if he wanted a 10-day contract in the NBA. He followed right after that Mutombo should “hit up Rob Pelinka and let him know.”
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As soon as Curry cracked that joke, the screen showed Rams star, Von Miller. He was one of the “old superstars” Curry mentioned in his joke. That quip was also relatable to the Lakers’ offseason deals last summer. Although for LeBron James, things didn’t work out the way they did for the Rams.
In addition, ESPN first revealed that Curry would host the 30th edition of the ESPY on June 29. Fresh off from winning his fourth NBA championship, Curry took on the challenge of hosting the event.
Curry said in a statement, “I’ve had the pleasure of attending the ESPYs but never imagined I’d have the privilege of hosting this special event. As someone who loves the intersection of sports and entertainment, I look forward to delivering an exciting show for the fans while we celebrate the athletes who created the top moments of the year.”
Moreover, Curry didn’t just crack jokes at the ESPYs. He also won a pair of awards. As he bagged the award for the Best NBA Player of the Year and Best Record-Breaking Performance. He also won the award for most 3-pointers in the NBA League history. This is an award he also shared with legendary player Ray Allen.