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Stephen Curry says James Harden “might have been a little aggressive” with MVP comments. Really?


This is the time of year everyone seems to be campaigning for the MVP Award. LeBron James would vote for himself. Kevin Love would vote for Russell Westbrook. Mark Jackson would vote for James Harden.

James Harden would vote for himself, as well.

Somehow Harden saying that rubbed Curry the wrong way, reports Monte Poole CSNBayArea.com.

Informed of Harden’s comments after leading the Warriors to a 116-105 win over the Blazers, Curry merely shrugged as he strolled toward the trainer’s room.

“Ahh . . . that might have been a little aggressive,” the point guard told CSN Bay Area.


First off, on the Dan Patrick Show Curry admitted he would vote for himself if he could (Curry said if he couldn’t vote for himself he’d vote for LeBron). How is that different than Harden?

And if that’s not over the top, what about the PR staff for the Warriors personally calling all 177 media members with award votes to campaign for Curry? (Only 125 have MVP votes, broken out by region.) That’s happening according to the report. Is that not aggressive?

Everyone is campaigning for their guy, Curry and the Warriors are no exception. Own up to it.

James Harden: ‘I feel as though I am the MVP’

Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

Stephen Curry would vote for Stephen Curry.

LeBron James would vote for LeBron James.

And James Harden would vote for James Harden.

Harden, via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:

“I feel as though I am the MVP,” Harden said. “I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are.

“I’m not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I’ve been consistent all year. I’ve just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we’ve had to deal with.”

“I’m looking at all those things put together,” Harden said. “Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It’s an unbelievable season that they’re having. But we’re having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we’ve been going through this season.

“Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge.”

Sometimes, it seems the players-choice MVP will be a 490-way tie for first place.

But a few players have actually picked someone other than themselves. Anthony Davis, who’s also in the race, took Harden, and so did Dwyane Wade. Kevin Love picked Russell Westbrook, who picked a reporter quizzing him about the award. Andrew Bogut is all-in on Stephen Curry.

Harden, one some level, is right to pick himself. He has had a fantastic season, serving as the primary scorer and playmaker for a Rockets team that has overcome many injuries to place near the top of the Western Conference. Harden has also improved defensively, going from disinterested to passable, to increase his value.

I’d give a slight edge to Curry, but I wouldn’t fault anyone for going with Harden. And though I think Curry will win, at 3-to-1, I’d bet on Harden.

At minimum, Harden proved Steve Kerr wrong. This is a two-man campaign for Harden now.

Dwight Howard wants to play 20 seasons in NBA

Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler

Just four players have played 20 seasons in the NBA:

  • Robert Parish (21)
  • Kevin Willis (21)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (20)
  • Kevin Garnett (20)

Dwight Howard wants to join the club.

Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle:

Dwight Howard said he hopes he can have a career as long as the one his Wednesday night opponent — Tim Duncan — has had in San Antonio.

“That’s always been my goal- to play 20 years in the league so I think it can be done,” said Howard, who is in his 11th NBA season. “It would be great. Tim is still playing great basketball. He has migrated to different spots on the floor instead of just the post.”

Duncan, who has seemingly been around forever, is in just his 18th season. He might keep playing beyond this season, but that underscores just how difficult it is to play 20 years.

Howard is already showing signs of his body breaking down. The 29-year-old has played just 38 games this season, and he has looked less explosive while on the court.

Could he overcome these injuries and play nine more seasons and get to 20?

He at least has chance.

At some point, it would likely require accepting a lesser role. Teams always need size, and maybe Howard could hang on as a backup big – and maybe even eventually a third big. That’s years away, but if he really wants to play 20 seasons, it should become part of his long-term plan.

Not everyone can accept that, especially stars who become accustomed to their prominent place. But it can be done. Look at Vince Carter.

Gregg Popovich compares his beard with James Harden’s

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich is the best.

Not only does he have his Spurs rolling as we enter the playoffs — nine straight wins, each by at least a dozen points — but he is having fun again.

Take this moment from Wednesday, when he stops to compare his beard to James Harden’s — and that cracks up the MVP candidate.

(Hat tip to James Herbert of Eye on Sports)

Five Things We Learned in NBA Wednesday: Derrick Rose is back but Bulls are not

Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Dewayne Dedmon

If you watch closely every night in the NBA you can learn a little something. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to help with those lessons from another night in the Association. Here’s what you missed while casting your ballot for a dead man

1) Derrick Rose is back, but Bulls lose ugly while Toronto passes them in standings. Derrick Rose is back. That should have been good news for Chicago — Paul George returned to Indiana and you saw every other Pacer player pick up their game in respose. The Bulls with Rose? Not even close. First off, Rose was settling for jumpers and ended up scoring 9 points on 9 shots, going 1-of-6 from three. But nobody else picked up their game for the Bulls — Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol got outplayed by Nikola Vucevic, who had 22 points and 7 boards. Nikola Mirotic was 3-of-11. The Bulls led by 15 in the second quarter but their defense still isn’t Thibodeauesque and they just can’t hold those leads. Chicago’s habit of playing to the level of their competition caught up with them again, capped off by Victor Oladipo hitting the game winner.

Meanwhile, Toronto trounced fading Charlotte, and with that the Raptors and Bulls are tied for the 3/4 seeds in the East — with Toronto having the tie breaker. Toronto does not have an easy schedule in its final four (three on the road), and the Bulls got Rose back, but unless that translates into better play the Bulls may fall into a tougher first round matchup.

2) Cleveland is locked in to the two seed in the East. Milwaukee was hanging with Cleveland on Wednesday night; they are not a team that rolls over and were within two (99-97) with :30 seconds left. Then LeBron stuck the dagger in the Bucks, hitting a contested three over Jared Dudley. Ballgame. With that, the Cavs locked up the two seed. Cleveland has 50 wins, enough to have them home against everyone in the East save Atlanta. However, they are not going to have home court in the Finals against anybody in the West, unless the Pelicans surprise us all.

3) New Orleans falls flat in Memphis, now tied with Oklahoma City for final playoff spot in West. Tuesday night the Pelicans had us believing — they beat Golden State and jumped up to the eight seed in the West. But a back-to-back against the stingy defense of Memphis brought the Pelicans crashing back to reality — the Pelicans shot 28-of-80 as a team (35 percent) and that ended about as well as you’d expect. With the loss, the Pelicans are tied with the Thunder for the last playoff spot in the West. New Orleans has the tie breaker but OKC has one team over .500 left on their roster, New Orleans has two. This could go down to the final day.

4) Brooklyn stumbles, Boston wins and the race for eight out East gets even tighter. Brook Lopez keeps putting up numbers — 26 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks — but they couldn’t get stops against the Hawks. Joe Johnson missed a three and a chance to force OT, so the Nets fell to the Hawks 114-111. Meanwhile, Boston got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and picked up a key win. So here is where we stand as of today: Boston and Brooklyn are tied for the 7/8 seeds at 36-42, with both Miami and Indiana one game behind them. This remains one of the best races to watch the final week of the season (along with 2-6 in the West and the Pelicans/Thunder).

5) The Spurs just keep on rolling right into the playoffs. San Antonio would like to say all your playoff seeding and efforts are moot — they have won nine in a row, all by at least 12 points. Since the end of the rodeo road trip, they are 17-3 (and two of those losses were in OT). Kawhi Leonard is playing like a Top 10 guy. Tony Parker is getting in the lane. They rolled James Harden and Houston on Wednesday. The defending champs are back, and Gregg Popovich is having fun on the sidelines.