In the NBA, there’s nothing sweeter than proving the doubters wrong by winning the title and the Finals MVP. This has been the case with Golden State Warriors stalwart Steph Curry, who has been heavily criticized since Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
Indeed, the Dubs hit a slump without KD, having missed the playoffs in the past two seasons. However, Curry did not let the drama get to him and focused on improving every season. The hard work and loyalty soon paid off, and just like that, the Warriors are world champions once again.
Someone is not convinced
Despite having some off nights, Curry has proven that he’s still the most reliable player on the Warriors squad that won the chip this year. With that in mind, many believed it was only fitting that Curry gets the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP nod outright, including his former Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
After Curry claimed his fourth championship in Boston, Jackson was among the 11 media members who voted for him to be hailed as Finals MVP. However, “Action” Jackson’s reason for giving the props to his former star was boldly different from the others.
According to Jackson, Curry was the rightful Finals MVP but not because he was the best player of the series; instead, he benefited the most from the lackluster defense of the Celtics.
“If I was Steph Curry, I would thank Boston’s defense for the MVP.”
We don’t exactly know where Jackson is coming from with this comment, but the fact that Curry was once his pupil is already mind-blowing.
Looking at the facts, it appears that Jackson was referring to a different Steph as Curry racked up a staggering 31.2 points per game the entire series. On top of that, the C’s were the best defensive team in the league for the better part of the season.
It’s Steph, not Tatum
Before making his first trip to the NBA Finals, Jayson Tatum has long been trying to mimic his late idol, Kobe Bryant. However, it was unfortunate for him as his Finals rival Steph Curry actually appears to have followed the “Black Mamba” blueprint.
Both Curry and Bryant won the title without a dominant co-star, Kobe without Shaq, and Steph without KD. The pair also won their fourth championship in their 13th season in the league. And the cherry on top? Curry and Bryant both won the All-Star MVP and the Finals MVP that season. Sorry, Jayson.