Sometimes NBA reporters enjoy stirring up unnecessary drama.
That’s exactly what happened in a mini back-and-forth between back-to-back MVP Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook.
First, when asked who he’d pick as this year’s MVP award winner, which is a very debatable question, Curry chose James Harden, who is having a phenomenal season for the Houston Rockets.
When informed of Curry’s pick, Westbrook trolled him, responding, “Who’s he?” to reporters.
At Golden State’s practice on Saturday, Curry was then asked to respond to Westbrook’s disrespectful remark. Here’s how he reacted.
“You ask anybody, and they'll have an opinion on who they think," Curry said. "Whether they agree with it or not, it's not obviously my decision. I try to stay away from those Twitter, social media, interview wars. Doesn't do anything for me. Say what I think and keep it moving."
When the question was asked, Curry visibly smirked before downplaying the situation between him and Westbrook, who is looking to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-1962 to average a triple-double through an entire season.
Unfortunately for the beat writers in attendance, they didn’t get any juicy quotes and it seems like any potential beef within the media between the two superstars has been squashed by Curry’s ability to shut down the situation before it escalated.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and the MVP voting will likely be split between Westbrook, Harden, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, who are all having outstanding seasons for successful teams.
Westbrook and the Thunder host Curry and the Warriors on Monday, March 20. Perhaps the two will share some words on the court about this in what should be a very dramatic and intense battle between the two Western Conference foes.
In three games against each other this season, both point guards have showed up for their respective teams.
Curry has averaged 23.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists over 98 total minutes.
Westbrook's individual numbers were far superior with averages of 31.3 points, 10.7 boards and 10.3 dimes per game over 101 total minutes played.
However, Curry's Warriors won all three showdowns, so he got the last laugh despite Westbrook averaging a triple-double against him.
Over the course of their careers, both players have played very well against each other. Curry has gone 12-13 overall against Westbrook and has put up averages of 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists in the 25 games. Meanwhile, Westbrook, who has gone 13-12 against Curry, has averaged 24.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in their head-to-head battles.