Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry continues to defy odds in the NBA, but he had one thing to say as he accepted his second MVP award and that is he did not come to change the game but to set a bar of inspiration for the next generation of NBA stars to follow.
The 28-year old became the first MVP to be voted unanimously by sportswriters, broadcasters and from the KIA MVP vote fans. He earned an astounding 131 first place votes while San Antonio Spurs’ Kawahi Leonard and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James came in second and third, respectively.
“I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career. What I wanted to do was be myself. … I know it inspires the next generation. You can work every day to get better,” Curry said.
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Curry’s second MVP award came sweeter than he expected after unleashing 40 points, including 17 in the overtime period, in Game Four of their second round Playoff match against the Portland Trailblazers and that was coming off an injury.
Even his coach stated that Curry’s motivation was to take home the MVP as well and win the championship for the second time around. Steve Kerr added that it has always been Curry’s motivation to keep improving and inspiring his teammate.
“He wants it. There’s no ulterior motive. He’s constantly trying to improve with no agenda. … This is incredibly improbable. But there’s a reason this is happening,” Kerr explained.
Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady stated that Curry deserves the MVP crown and it was a “well-deserved” award after what they have accomplished with the team as well. Curry was one of the front runners as the Warriors went on to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record as they tallied their 73rd win in the regular season.
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After breaking the Bulls record, winning his second MVP award, Curry and the rest of the Warriors have one more job listed on their wish list for this season and that is to retain their championship title. They are going into Game 5 of their series with the Trailblazers with a 3-1 lead and hope to finish off the series Wednesday night.
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