Earlier this week, Steph Curry was named the first ever unanimous MVP selection in NBA history. It marked his second consecutive MVP, and threw Lebron James’s panties in a bunch. Bron, after finding out that Steph won the MVP, had this to say:
“I think sometimes the word `valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results,” said James, a four-time MVP. “You know, that’s not taking anything from anyone that’s ever won the award.“’
“Look at Steph’s numbers,” he said. “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.” (Courtesy of latimes.com)
I have to give Lebron credit here. That is some masterful backhanded praise. I’m talking elite level side swiping. He even threw in the classic “not taking anything away from him” line as smokescreen. If there’s one thing Lebron is indisputably the king of it’s passive aggressiveness.
It’s unreal… Just when you think Bron could be repairing his image, he goes and says something like this. There’s always a controversial tweet, or a misunderstood argument on the sidelines, or a underlying quote to derail people from recognizing his insane talent.
Hey, Earth to Lebron, if you converted even a quarter of the three pointers that Steph made this season maybe you’d be MVP. Instead there’s a no fly zone disclaimer any time you’re behind the arc.
Simply put, averaging 30 pts, 6.7 asts and 5.7 rbs on .501/.454/.908 shooting is more “valuable” than your stats under any iteration of the word.