In unsurprising news, the NBA has honored Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry with the 2015 MVP trophy. The announcement was made, officially, on Monday, which is also when his team formally held a press conference for Curry.
And although Steph’s reception didn’t make the same cultural waves as Kevin Durant’s “you’re the real MVP” address to his teammates and mother last season, it was certainly an emotional occasion. “Pop,” Curry said through tears, to his father Dell Curry, a former 16-year pro himself. “You were the example of what a true professional is on and off the court. I remember a lot of your career, and to be able to follow in your footsteps… it means a lot to me, and this is special.”
Steph also received some playful joshing from teammate and consummate Warriors mouthpiece Draymond Green, who asked when the new MVP would be supplying his roster with presents. Green referenced a story about about Kobe Bryant giving his teammates nice watches after winning the award, told to him by Warriors assistant and former Bryant teammate Luke Walton.
“I don’t know what kind of watches they were, but, I’ll beat that gift,” Curry said, and the undertone was obvious: I’m going to get you guys the present of rings, he all but said.
And so while Curry’s press conference was certainly touching, it also held more than a touch of the clinical air that has pervaded Golden State’s season. Under the leadership of Steph and head coach Steve Kerr, they’ve been a team on a ruthless mission, and their best player winning the league’s top individual honors seemed more like part of their procedure toward a championship than a culmination or a final step.
The Warriors continue their warpath tonight as they try to take a 2-0 series lead against the Memphis Grizzlies. We’ll see if the new MVP and Golden State can keep their undefeated 2015 playoff streak alive.
— John Wilmes