Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry clarified that he didn’t mean to disrespect LeBron James when he imitated Cleveland Cavaliers star’s moves in his workout video. Curry explained his side to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, saying he imitated James’ dance during the wedding of former teammate Harrison Barnes because he’s been memorizing the viral moves since James posted it on Instagram in June after the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Curry said he’s been watching that video twice a day since it happened “because it’s my favorite video in the entire world”. “So now every time I hear that song, that's all I think about. And I've been doing that dance because of him, at my house, at dinner,” said Curry, adding that he’s not making fun of James.

Dancing next to Irving not meant to disrespect James

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that Curry didn’t mean to disrespect James for dancing next to Kyrie Irving, who recently demanded a trade from the Cavaliers as he wants to get out of James’ shadow.

“Obviously, that's a separate side story to their relationship, but neither one of us was trying to clown him,” said Curry.

When the video of Curry imitating James’ move surfaced, it looked like he and Irving were making fun of LeBron. While Curry was imitating James’ moves on his workout video, Irving was seen laughing along with other guests. The video added more tension to the feud that created a wall between teammates who were thought to be in a good working relationship since they joined forces in 2014. After James returned to the Cavs in 2014, they made it to the NBA Finals three times, winning the title in 2015.

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James silent on Irving’s trade demand

James has not publicly talked about Irving’s trade demand but sources close to him said that he was blindsided and disappointed by it. However, he took a swipe at Irving by posting two songs by rapper Meek Mill on his Instagram account with lyrics obviously hitting Irving. Irving recently posted a video of him on Snapchat while singing Skylar Grey’s “I’m Coming Home” while traveling from China to the United States.

The video was seen as Irving’s shot at James, who used “I’m coming home” as his theme when he returned to Cleveland in 2014. In 2010, James announced that he will leave Cleveland and bring his talent to South Beach and join the Miami Heat, whom he led to two NBA titles alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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