Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he was “surprised” to hear that his former coach Mark Jackson said that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden deserved to win the NBA’s MVP award.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is having a remarkable season. He’s led the Warriors to a league-best 62-13 record and is averaging 23.8 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
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However, Curry’s great season isn’t enough to earn him NBA MVP honors, according to his former coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Jackson said he believes Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden should win the award.
If you twisted my arm today, I would probably vote for James Harden,” Jackson said. “He’s single-handedly put that Houston Rockets team in the position they are in today. It would be tough.”
That opinion didn’t sit well with Curry, considering the point guard showed support to Jackson before and after the Warriors fired him after last season.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
"“It was surprising, Curry said when asked if his feelings were hurt. “It didn’t really hurt my feelings because it’s not like he was actually casting a vote officially. But it was just very surprising."
"“It’s his opinion obviously. He’s probably been watching the league. People are going to ask what he thinks, especially (with) his ties to the Warriors organization and myself specifically. Surprised he said that, but it is what what it is.”"
It’s not surprising to see Curry so offended by Jackson’s comments. He clearly thought he had a strong enough relationship with Jackson that he believed his former coach would have his back.
At the same time, Jackson is now paid to give his unbiased opinion and he cant be faulted for his comments if he truly believes Harden deserves the honor.
Jackson coached Curry and the Warriors from 2011-2014, going 121-109 in the regular season and 9-10 in the playoffs during that timeframe.
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