He’s wrong, and the actual and rightful MVP – Stephen Curry – brushed off Harden’s comments.
Curry, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:
“It doesn’t change what happened last year,” Curry, who actually took home the hardware, said after Warriors practice.
“I don’t know,” Curry said. “Different guys find different ways of motivating themselves. I’ve never been one to just . . . I’m obviously confident in what I do, and I know he’s confident in what he does. It might come out in a different way.
“I try not to do a lot of talking, especially (regarding) things that have passed. Obviously, you’ve got to motivate yourself and I’m sure he’s motivated this year to do some special things. I’m the same way.”
Curry’s two major points here are correct.
2. Harden is trying to motivate himself. He wants to play so well this season that he retroactively proves he deserved MVP last season. If that drives him, that’s great for him and great for the Rockets.
And that’s fine.
But at what point does Harden risk motivating Curry even more than himself? This isn’t the first time Curry has addressed Harden picking himself for 2014-15 MVP. It might even spread into a team-wide issue, with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey endorsing Harden and Warriors coach Steve Kerr belittling that campaign.
Golden State – for a team that everyone thinks is great – has done a great job turning perceived slights into a big deal. You think Curry and his teammates might want to play so well next season that they confirm Harden is wrong?