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NFL star Cam Newton says LeBron James is a better player than Steph Curry

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The 2016 NBA Finals features the two biggest superstars in the game today; LeBron James and Steph Curry. 

They are unquestionably the best players in the world at present and it's a treat for basketball fans the world over to see them square off on the biggest stage for the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy.

Despite Curry winning back-to-back MVP awards, and becoming the first player to do so unanimously, there is still a debate about whether he's actually the best player in the league.

That debate has intensified inevitably in recent weeks and one unlikely source has now decided to weigh in on the subject. 

NFL star Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers - coming off a Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos - is enjoying seeing two of his friends and fellow athletes do battle on the court.

The quarterback, however, was unequivocal when mentioning who he thought was the better player while speaking to a sports radio show in Charlotte. 

"A person asked me, 'Well, is Steph Curry the best basketball player on the planet?' " Newton said Thursday on WFNZ-AM's "The Mac Attack" show. "I said no. I said Steph Curry is the best basketball player on the best team on the planet.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Three

"I still think LeBron is [the best player]. He's 6-7, athletic, can do anything on the court. But LeBron is not on the best team. Going back to what I was saying, the power of team will always be better than the power of skill."

Cam's answer is a little surprising given the love he's received from Curry this year. The Warriors point guard, who hails from North Carolina, is a big fan of the Panthers and Newton, in particular.

The NFL franchise has been very welcoming towards the Dubs star and has allowed him to bang the team's drum before the Super Bowl and during the regular season.  

The 28-year-old also congratulated Newton when he was named the NFL MVP and wore his jersey to a practice session during the NFL playoffs.

Super Bowl 50 - Carolina Panthers v Denver Broncos

We maybe would've expected the feeling to be reciprocated by Cam, but that isn't the case.

For anybody who knows the Panthers star, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise, though, as he is also a close friend of LeBron's. 

He could have done the easy thing and provided a diplomatic answer, but credit to him for being honest. 

For what it's worth, Newton did pick the Warriors to win the championship ahead of James' Cavaliers, however.

A vital game four takes place in Ohio tonight which could have a bearing on where the trophy will end up. It promises to be a classic at the Q.

Topics:
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Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
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