Welcome to a media manufactured “controversy.”
After Stephen Curry had been named the unanimous NBA MVP, LeBron James heaped praise upon Curry saying he deserved to win the award after his season. Then at the end of the comment, LeBron — who finished third in the voting — said what half of the sports talk radio hosts in America said the next day.
“But when you talk about most ‘valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”
And welcome to a controversy. I guess. LeBron said what every professional sports league counts on to stir discussion: You can define valuable to a team a few different ways.
Of course, that statement means the media now must ask Curry about LeBron’s comments, because that’s the game.
If you need this to add drama to the likely — or at least potential, depending on how much you buy into the Thunder — Cavaliers vs. Warriors NBA Finals, then here you go. Frankly, I think there’s plenty of real drama there without this contrived controversy adding to it.