Battle of the MVPS: King James vs. Steph
The 2016 NBA Finals feature two MVPs -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers great LeBron James.
And the two have more in common than just NBA stardom.
For example, they're both from Ohio, and they were both born in Ohio's Akron City Hospital... just 39 months apart.
Stephen Curry & LeBron James
Some other interesting facts about the two stars on and off the basketball court:
Believe it or not, Curry's father Dell was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time.
These two MVPs happen to also share a birthday with Albert Einstein and Billy Crystal.
LeBron James has a secret handshake with Jay-Z
LeBron James and Jay-Z are the best of pals. After one Nets-Heat game, James and Hov shared an extremely elaborate handshake.
Riley: the real MVP
Stephen Curry's daughter, Riley, has stolen some of the spotlight from her basketball great dad. At two-years-old, Riley, is showing her brand of star power.
LeBron hosted the ESPYs and 'SNL'
LeBron is a man of many talents...and amusing pants. King James hosted the ESPYs with comedian Jimmy Kimmel in 2007. He also hosted the 33rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Curry still gets carded
Stephen Curry is such a baby-faced assassin that he still gets asked for ID when he tries to buy alcohol.
Curry was recently carded at California Pizza Kitchen while trying to buy a round of beers. Curry forgot his ID, but fortunately, the manager recognized the MVP.
LeBron is a big supporter of President Obama
LeBron James has visited the White House twice to present the president with a Miami Heat championship jersey.
King James was also big supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. James donated $20,000 to the White House Victory Fund in 2008.
Curry supports charities
Off the court, Stephen Curry has had a long involvement (since his college days) with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, which provides insecticide-treated, live-saving, mosquito nets to people in Africa to prevent malaria.
In 2014, he also launched Three-For-Three Challenge; donating three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes during the season. Considering Curry broke Ray Allen's record for most three-pointers in a season in 2013 (272) and has the Warriors record for most three-pointers made (701) that's a significant contribution.
Last, but not least, he's used his off-the-court past time as an avid golfer as an extension of his charitable side by hosting the ThanksUSA golf tournament the last three years and the Curry Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament in North Carolina, with his father's help. The Charlotte-based tournament proceeds support the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.
LeBron was on a controversial Vogue cover
In 2008, LeBron James became the first African-American man to grace the cover of Vogue.
The gig didn't come without controversy, however. Some consider the picture offensive, saying the image is reminiscent of King Kong.
LeBron is a TV producer
As a global superstar, LeBron James has extended his reach beyond basketball into Hollywood. He's currently an executive producer for the Starz basketball comedy Survivor's Remorse.
Steph's mom fines him for turnovers
Stephen Curry's mother, Sonya, is clearly the boss of the house. According to the pact between mother and son, if Stephen turns over the ball more than three times in a game, he owes his mother $100 per extra giveaway. At the end of the season, Stephen buys his mother a list of fashion items that equals the total.
LeBron was an all-state receiver in high school
James isn't too shabby on a gridiron either. As a high school sophomore, James was a first team all-state wide receiver.
LeBron is dabbling in acting
LeBron James showed off his acting chops in the summer of 2015, when he played himself in the Amy Schumer flick Trainwreck.
He is now set to star in the remake of the '90s Michael Jordan flick, "Space Jam."
LeBron has ownership stake in Beats by Dre
LeBron James was one of the first endorsers of the music and headphone company Beats by Dre. Following Apple's acquisition of Beats, LeBron James realized a profit of more than $30 million in cash and equity, per ESPN.
LeBron owns a piece of Liverpool F.C.
In a pact with Fenway Sports Group, LeBron James was given a minority interest in Liverpool F.C., one of the most popular soccer teams in the UEFA League.
LeBron always has been a big fan of Curry
During Stephen Curry's magical run in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, LeBron James frequently attended the Davidson star's games.
Curry takes after his dad
Stephen Curry came to the NBA with much less fanfare than LeBron James. However, Curry has been around the league his whole life. His father, Dell Curry, was a sharpshooter in the league from 1986 to 2002 and younger brother, Seth, also became an NBA player. Stephen wears No. 30 in his father's honor.
LeBron tried to join the NBA before graduating high school
Following LeBron James' junior year of high school, the rising star petitioned the league so he could enter the 2002 NBA Draft at age 17. Alas, James was denied because he hadn't graduated high school yet.
Curry met his wife at 15
Both LeBron James and Stephen Curry met their wives at young ages.
Curry met his future wife, Ayesha Alexander at 15, while at a church gathering. The two later reconnected while Curry was in Los Angeles for the ESPYs. The couple's first date was a jaunt along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LeBron married his high school sweetheart
On his 27th birthday, LeBron James popped the question to longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson. The two have been together since high school.
LeBron is a family man
LeBron and Savannah have three children together: a daughter named Zhuri James, and two sons, LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus James.
Curry is a family man
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dotes on his two-year-old daughter Riley, who has taken naturally to the spotlight at his press conferences and courtside.
Steph owns part of a start-up
Stephen Curry has acclimated so well to Northern California that he's entered the start-up game. He's a part owner of CoachUp, a budding company that links coaches with amateur athletes.
"The Decision" paid off
"The Decision," LeBron James' announcement to join the Miami Heat, was widely panned by critics, but it also paid dividends; $2.5 million of the ad revenue was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Stephen isn't Curry's real first name
Named after his father, Curry's full name is Wardell Stephen Curry II. Of course, his friends and fans call him Steph.
Most popular athlete
Despite some dark times for LeBron James's image, he was named 2014's most popular male athlete by the Harris Poll.
Stephen Curry's No. 30 is the NBA's best-selling jersey this year.
So the two are matched up pretty well in terms of popularity and skill.