Houston’s James Harden earned his first NBA MVP award during Monday’s NBA Awards over second-place finisher LeBron James.
Kyrie Irving, who appeared on Hot 97 Wednesday morning, said he was happy for Harden, but didn’t necessarily agree with the decision.
“I think MVP is hard to gauge nowadays because now you have the people’s MVP and the NBA’s MVP,” Irving said. “I think the people’s MVP was definitely James, but the NBA MVP was definitely Bron.”
Harden finished the 2017-18 season with 30.4 points per game, 8.8 assists per game and 5.4 rebounds while leading the Rockets to a 65-17 record and the top seed in the West.
James averaged 27.5 points per game, 9.1 assists per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He seemingly carried the Cavaliers into the playoffs and led them to yet another Finals appearance.
“I mean, if we’re talking strictly based off stats, [LeBron] checks every mark,” Irving said.
The comments are interesting given Irving’s departure from the Cavs. It was often reported that Irving wanted out of Cleveland and the shadow of James to become a superstar on his own team.
It’s obvious the respect is still there between the two former teammates. The C’s point guard was candid when asked if there’s any other player that does more for their team than James does.
“I don’t know. He’s incredible.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog