Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has insisted that he wants Stephen Curry to win the MVP award, but clearly not as bad as Daryl Morey wants James Harden to win it.
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Currently, Curry and Harden are regarded as the front-runners for the award, with the Warriors point guard holding the slight edge according to a Vegas sportsbook.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James will also be involved in the discussion, but Kerr feels it is best that he just lets Curry do his talking on the court rather than doing it for him.
“I care. I’d like for Steph to win the MVP, and I think he deserves it,” Kerr said, according to ESPN.
“We’re trying to win games. We’ve got a lot of work to do. So, if Daryl Morey wants to run his own one-man campaign for James Harden, he can do that. That’s fine. But we’re focused on other stuff.”
As expected, Morey had a response as he later appeared on the ‘Dan Le Batard Show’ and hit back at Kerr stating that winning a championship was also his main aim not just being a cheerleader for Harden.
Morey argued that Harden has generated more wins than any other player in the league by a huge margin, and described him as “the engine” that makes the Rockets tick with his efficient and heavy scoring night in and night out.
It remains to be seen who takes the award at the end of the regular season, but with the Warriors leading the West with a 47-12 record and Houston trailing in fourth at 41-20, a lot will also depend on the how much success the team enjoys as a result of their star man’s play.