Steph Curry had a blunt response to LeBron James' MVP remarks
Whether or not he meant to cause a controversy, LeBron James stirred the pot when he opined earlier this week on what the "valuable" in Most Valuable Player really means.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star was complimentary of back-to-back winner Stephen Curry, true. But he also allowed that the meaning of the award can vary from year to year — something James himself has experienced on multiple occassions, most notably when he lost the 2010-11 award to Derrick Rose (and received less support than Dwight Howard).
"I think he definitely deserved it," James told reporters Wednesday. "Look at Steph's numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 and they won 73 (games). 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."
"If you do it by a year-to-year basis, I think sometimes the word 'valuable' or best player of the year, you can have different results."
On Friday, Curry was asked for his take on James' comments, and he offered a short but sweet rebuttal.
"I've gotten really good at ignoring people. That is the theme of the last two years. So I'm all right."
There's no real malice in Curry's comments, which you can hear for yourself in the clip above, but he's very clearly not amused by the conversation, either. And who can blame him? Look at all the nonsense he's had to ignore over the past two seasons.
Charles Barkley has taken it upon himself to declare a veritable crusade against the Warriors and their jump-shooting ways — and even when Golden State managed to take home the title last year, Barkley didn't change his tune. And he's just the loudest voice among a choir of former players who don't appreciate the Warriors.
Part of that is because people continue to believe Golden State got lucky last year, another narrative that Curry's team has battled time and again. That one, though, they didn't seem to ignore. Instead, the Warriors have channeled the slights into motivation that fueled their 73-win season, Michael Jordan-style.
And in the ultimate betrayal, even Curry's former coach has lobbed criticisms at the MVP. They're not necessarily about Curry, of course. But accusing a player so beloved by children of being bad for the future of the game is a pretty egregious shot.
By those standards, LeBron's comments were downright loving. Here's hoping we get a rematch between these two in just a few weeks — with both teams at full strength.