James Harden: ‘I know I was the MVP … That’s 100 percent given’
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden clearly remains miffed over the fact he was beat out by Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry in the MVP award voting last season.
“I know I was the MVP,” Harden proclaimed recently, via NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury. “That’s 100 percent given all the things that happened last season.
Harden did give credit where credit was due, congratulating Curry and the Warriors on a phenomenal run to an NBA title. But he nevertheless believes being named MVP should be judged by different criteria.
“But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy,” he said. “We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.
“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”
Curry dominated MVP voting, netting 100 of the 130 first place votes. Harden, who finished second, got 25 of the remaining 30 votes for first place.
Harden arguably is correct that no player meant more to his team than he did, especially given the lengthy absence of fellow Rockets superstar Dwight Howard, who played in only 41 regular season games before making 17 appearances in the postseason.
Harden’s continued comments about losing out on MVP indicate the way in which he feels shortchanged by the perceived slight has him even hungrier heading into the the 2015 NBA season.
“You don’t think I can do more?” Harden asks. “Just wait. I’ll show you.”