Stephen Curry was officially announced as MVP for the second consecutive season on Tuesday. Curry became the first NBA player ever to be unanimously selected for the award, which is very impressive considering the list of greats to receive the honor.
A quick glance at the numbers makes it easy to see why Curry is the unanimous winner. He put up 30.1 points per game while leading his team to 73 wins, the most for any NBA team ever. Throw in his astronomical shooting percentages and solid assists and steals numbers, and the decision is clear.
On Wednesday Lebron James, who finished third in the voting, gave his thoughts on the situation. “I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year you can have different results. You know, that’s not taking anything from anyone that’s ever won the award,” James said, according to ESPN.
Of course it should be noted that James has won the award four times himself, but there’s no denying the odd timing of LeBron’s statements. He questioning the true meaning of MVP after any of the times he won.
LeBron did his best to explain himself, but may have made things worse instead:
“Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 and they won 73. So, I don’t – do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most valuable, then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”
“Take nothing away from him,” LeBron says. It’s almost like when someone starts a sentence with “I’m not racist, but-” There’s usually a pretty good chance that whatever is about to come out of that person’s mouth is in fact racist.
It’s pretty clear what LeBron is trying to imply here. He’s insinuating that Curry has a much stronger supporting cast than he has in Cleveland. Curry’s team may be better, but LeBron carries his team on his back, he wants us to think.
Normally I would be inclined to cut a guy slack on something like this, but the timing of LeBron’s statements (just a day after Curry’s incredible achievement) makes it clear; LeBron is at least a little bitter about being dethroned by Steph. All the more reason NBA fans should hope for a Warriors-Cavs rematch in the Finals.