Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has jokingly suggested that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook should be the MVP this season.
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Kerr was asked for his opinion on the MVP race this season after the team’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, and he turned a few heads with his initial answer.
“For the record, I would vote for Russell Westbrook,” Kerr answered with a blank expression, according to ESPN.
While reporters turned and questioned whether or not they heard what he had said correctly, Kerr quickly insisted that he was joking and wanted his sarcasm to be noted in transcripts as he was merely just copying what Kevin Love had said earlier in the week.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star caused controversy by suggesting that Westbrook was his pick for the MVP award, which was interpreted as a direct snub of teammate LeBron James.
While James has since insisted that he wasn’t upset over Love’s choice, Kerr didn’t want to risk a similar situation and it is clear that he fully believes his point guard, Stephen Curry, should win the award.
The competition for the MVP accolade this season is tough with Curry, Westbrook, LeBron and James Harden all being considered in the conversation.
Curry has consistently been the best player on the Warriors roster this year and has led them to the best record in the league as they secured the top seed in the Western Conference on Saturday night after moving to 60-13.
Meanwhile, Westbrook has been a triple-double machine over the last two months while Harden has carried the Rockets in the absence of Dwight Howard through injury.
It remains to be seen who lands the award, but it will certainly be a difficult choice to make between four high-profile names in the league.