LeBron James says Curry was deserving MVP but debates naming of the award

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Four-time league MVP LeBron James says this year's recipient Stephen Curry deserves to be the first unanimous winner of the award in its 61-year history, but believes the wording of the accolade can be misinterpreted.

The King - who finished third in voting behind the point guard and Kawhi Leonard - doesn't argue against the fact that Curry is the rightful winner after his individual and collective achievements this season, but he has opened up an old debate about whether "Most Valuable Player" is the correct terminology for award. 

"I think sometimes the word 'valuable' or best player of the year you can have different results," said James. "You know, that's not taking anything from anyone that's ever won the award."

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The Dubs superstar is the 11th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP honours and the first to do so since James himself in 2012 and 2013. Curry also joins Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Steve Nash as the only guards to win it in consecutive seasons.

The 28-year-old had one of the most remarkable indivudal campaigns ever seen in the league and had truly astounding numbers across the board which translated to team success as the Warriors ended the regular season with an NBA record of 73-9. 

LeBron, who averaged 23.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists this year, takes nothing away from his rival, though, and acknowledges the astonishing level of basketball he has produced throughout the season. 

"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 beyond the 3-point line] 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."


With the Cleveland Cavaliers safely into the Eastern Conference finals and the Warriors now progressing to the same stage in the west, an NBA finals rematch between the two teams and LeBron and Steph is firmly on the cards. 

With no disrespect to the Toronto Raptors or the Miami Heat, the Cavs are the overwhelming favourites in the east but Golden State will have a tougher route to get there in the shape of either the Oklahoma City Thunder - who currently hold a 3-2 series lead - or San Antonio Spurs. 

Basketball fans the world over are salivating at the prospect of seeing two of the game's biggest superstars square off again for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

James will be eager to avenge the finals loss last year as the Cavaliers ultimately fell short despite their superstar averaging an incredible 35.8 points, 8.8 assists and 13.3 rebounds as he took on added responsibility after injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Make no mistake about it, the road to bringing a first championship to Cleveland is likely to have to go through Oakland again. 

Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
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