Stephen Curry was awarded his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award this week, becoming the first player in 61 years to unanimously win the trophy.
After the announcement, LeBron James commented on the award, congratulating Curry on the achievement, but also debated the true meaning of “Valuable” in MVP.
While speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 (shooting percentages from the free-throw line, field and 3-pointers), and they won 73 (games). 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.”
To recap, LeBron thinks Curry is great and isn’t taking anything away from him, but also thinks there’s a difference between being the most “valuable” player and the best player in the league.
Maybe, LeBron feels he’s the league’s Most Valuable Player? A little petty are we?
In this year’s MVP voting, LeBron came in third, behind Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.