Mark Jackson chose James Harden over Stephen Curry as the MVP this season, and that’s only remotely interesting because of Jackson’s former position as Curry’s head coach.
Harden was every bit as deserving as Curry was of winning the award, and choosing between the two was essentially impossible.
Jackson, now an analyst for ESPN, didn’t need to double down on his remarks. But he chose to anyway during a recent radio appearance.
“The easy route was to go and say Steph. That’s easy,” Jackson said on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN Radio Show. “I’m not saying he wasn’t worthy. I’m not even saying he didn’t deserve it. I just had to make a pick.
“I love him. I’m happy for him. I’m proud of him. Tremendous speech. Tremendous accomplishment. I wish him nothing but the very best and we move on.”
Again, this is only relevant because of the prior relationship that exists.
But regardless of Jackson’s intentions, or whether or not he truly believes Harden over Curry is the better MVP choice (as I do), the comments will be viewed as sour grapes by plenty of outside observers.