After taking home the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year-the first unanimous MVP in league history-Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry still deals with his fair share of criticism and hate from players in and around the NBA.
Last week, LeBron James spoke on Curry’s achievement. And while he said that Curry was nothing short of deserving in winning the award, he did give his opinion in the interpretation of what the word “valuable” means in MVP.
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“So, I don’t, do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award?” James asked when acknowledging Curry’s statistics and his team’s 73-win performance. “But when you talk about the most ‘valuable’ then you have a different conversation.
Soon thereafter, word of James’ remarks made way to Curry, who addressed the situation with reporters. “I’ve gotten really good at ignoring people…that is the theme of the last two years. I’m all right.”
Curry is likely referring the former NBA greats who have been critical of him over the past year, including Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Walt Frazier and Tracy McGrady. In all fairness, the backlash he has received has not been relevant, as he led his team to their first championship in 40 years last year, won back-to-back MVP awards, guided this year’s team to a record 73-9 record and is arguably the best player in basketball today.
Earlier this year, James made waves for defending Curry and the heat he had taken. And to be fair, he didn’t take anything away from Curry, but rather left the door open as to what the real meaning of the word “valuable” really means.
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