Stephen Curry on LeBron James to Lakers: 'You've still got to beat us'

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry opened up about LeBron James joining the Lakers, but he's not concerned about the competition in the West.

Stephen Curry on LeBron James to Lakers: 'You've still got to beat us'

Warriors guard Stephen Curry opened up about LeBron James joining the Lakers, but he's not concerned about the competition in the West.

The Lakers made big moves during free agency by signing LeBron James, but it didn't take long for the Warriors to respond with the addition of DeMarcus Cousins.

While James is expected to be a big playmaker for the Lakers and add more competition to the Western Conference, Warriors star Stephen Curry is fully aware of what that means for Golden State going forward. However, he doesn't seem too concerned about James playing in the West, saying, "you've still got to beat us."

In an interview with USA Today, Curry spoke about the significant roster changes in the West while adding, "it's interesting for (James) to make a move."

"I don’t know what they’re going to be as a team, because obviously it’s brand new and they don’t have their identity. But at the end of the day they’ll come together with LeBron leading the charge," Curry said of the Lakers.

"There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit – including us. It’s going to be fun for fans, playing (more) in the regular season and who knows in the playoffs. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you’ve still got to beat us."

The Warriors guard revealed more details about the signing of Cousins and what it does for Golden State's roster.

“I don’t think (adding Cousins in free agency) was on anybody’s radar going into the summer,” Curry continued. “(GM Bob Myers) laid out how it happened with DeMarcus’ free agency, and the early stages and what-not, and he was like, ‘Hey if we can sign him would you like to play with him?’ And I said, ‘Obviously, hell yeah. That would be amazing.’”

The Warriors received some backlash adding their fifth All-Star and Curry addressed the narrative that the Warriors are "ruining the NBA" by stacking their team with many of the league's star players.

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"Everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever. We are always trying to find a way to get better," Curry added.

"Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us. That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going."

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