Call it an upset! Even though Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Championship, he was DENIED the MVP at the National Basketball Players Association Awards on July 21. Instead, the honor went to James Harden of the Houston Rockets!
Ooooh — do we sense a new sports rivalry? Forget LeBron James, 30! Stephen Curry, 27, may come for James Harden, 25, when the next NBA season kicks off. Steph and the Golden State Warriors might be the current NBA Champions, but he can’t claim to be the NBPA’s MVP, as the award went to James!
The National Basketball Players Association put on their first ever The Players’ Awards on July 21, reports Yahoo. While giving out trophies for Coach You Most Want To Play For, Hardest To Guard and Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team, the biggest honor of the night was definitely Most Valuable Player.
It seemed like Steph was guaranteed to win. After all, he was voted the NBA’s MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to Yahoo. Imagine everyone’s surprise when the award went to the Houston Rockets’ James Harden instead of Steph!
Denied! That’s gotta hurt! The NBPA Players’ Awards are voted by actual NBA players instead of members of the media or NBA officials. It has to sting Steph to know that his fellow basketball stars think James was a more valued player than him. Yikes. At least he has the ESPY for Best Male Athlete as well as the Kids’ Choice Sports Award for Sickest Moves. Not to mention, Steph’s a NBA Champion.
Granted, James is an incredible player and he helped lead the Rockets deep into the NBA Playoffs. Unfortunately, they were defeated in the Conference Finals when they faced — you guessed it — the Golden State Warriors. Steph and the rest of the team eliminated James and the Rockets, 4 games to 1. Whether or not this NBPA award sparks a new rivalry on the court, we think that Steph and James are both incredible players. We can’t wait to see them go head-to-head again in the next NBA season.
While Steph might have won Sickest Moves, his daughter, Riley Curry, showed her dad that she might deserve the award instead of him! While celebrating her third birthday on July 19, Riley busted out some of the best dance moves this side of Sesame Street. Nice! She’ll have to teach her new baby sister, Ryan, how to dance once she learns how to walk.
What do you think about James Harden winning the NBPA Players’ MVP award instead of Stephen Curry, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow