LeBron James admits Stephen Curry was the deserving MVP

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The 2016 NBA Finals have been set and fans across the world have been rewarded by the basketball gods with a re-run of last year's Finals, with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers side taking on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

However, unlike the days of yore where Playoff games and Finals series were full of bitter rivalries between teams and players, today's basketball has a lot more mutual respect. And some of that was dished out yesterday during the Finals media day.

Speaking to reporters, LeBron admitted that he wanted to clear one thing up - that Curry was absolutely deserving of winning the 2016 NBA MVP.

Curry Deserving of MVP

"I made the mistake by even answering the question because I knew where it was going to go, and I guarantee how it was phrased to Steph wasn't how I answered the question," James said yesterday. "So obviously his reaction was what it was. And I've been there before as well.

Then, James really got his point across, stating Steph to truly be deserving of the MVP title.

"Steph was definitely the MVP of our league and is the MVP in our league and is a great basketball player, and what he does for this league is amazing."

What is Valuable?

The Cavaliers star said his words were taken out of context by reporters when he originally spoke about Curry winning the MVP.

Speaking earlier this month, he was asked about the Warriors point guard taking home the accolade for the second straight year in a row and James said that; while Curry deserved the award the meaning of the word "valuable" was very subjective.

"I think he definitely deserved it," James said in early May. "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," the 31-year-old went on to add.

"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."

You can see why some reporters may have used that to denigrate LeBron's comments. Whenever you talk about what valuable actually means, it is only going to make it sound like you don't think the winner was actually worthy.

Anyway, now that LeBron has cleared it up, we are heading into the Finals with no bad blood really between either team. 

The Cavaliers will want their revenge for last season's defeat while the Warriors will want to prove themselves as the best team of all-time, because what's the point in breaking the regular season record if you don't bring home the Championship?

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