Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had recently given the MVP nod to Houston Rockets point guard James Harden over Russell Westbrook when asked by the media. Westbrook was asked about it, in yet another media-induced beef, prior to their Monday night affair in Oklahoma City — his response? — “Who is he?”
Word got back to the reigning MVP after morning shootaround, and he was asked if this back-and-forth between different media camps was the reason he usually strays away from giving his opinion in awards and things of that matter.
“No, I don’t have a response to [Westbrook], but if you ask anybody, they probably have an opinion on who they think,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “Whether you agree with it or not, it’s obviously not my decision, but I try to stay away from those Twitter/social media/interview wars. It doesn’t do anything for me.”
Stephen Curry responds to Russell Westbrook's "who's he" remark. Curry had said he'd go with James Harden for MVP. pic.twitter.com/JuIJhmL6Aw
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 18, 2017
Ironically enough, Curry’s choice of Harden was a bit of a head-scratcher, given their history.
When the Warriors’ sharpshooter won his first MVP in the 2014-15 season, Harden was one of the first to shake his head, given that he had the better scoring numbers. Curry had the field goal efficiency and a league-leading 67 wins to his name, which ended up making an impact in the official decision from media voters.
The Warriors have a 3-0 series lead against the Thunder, and will settle things one last time in the regular season, this time without their leading scorer Kevin Durant, who is expected to be out until the end of the month.