Well, there’s a chip on somebody’s shoulder and what better time to have it than with the NBA regular season approaching. Shooting guard of the Houston Rockets, James Harden had a mouthful for NBA.com after believing he was snubbed for the Most Valuable Player award that was taken home by Golden State’s very own, Stephen Curry, last season. With the backing of his own teammates on this theory, Harden didn’t shy away from explaining why he felt the way he did.
“I know I was the MVP,” he expressed to the website. “That’s 100 percent given all the things that happened last season. Credit the Golden State Warriors for an unbelievable year. They had an unbelievable team, coaching staff, everything. 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.”
In the 2014-15 season, Harden managed to average 27.4 points per game with 7.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Pretty impressive for a shooting guard and according to Harden, that was only the beginning and more to come where he left off. “There’s so many factors,” he shares. “I led the league in total points scored, minutes played…I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me. You don’t think I can do more? Just wait. I’ll show you…I am the best player in the league. I believe that. I thought I was last year, too.”
Seems like not winning MVP just added fuel to Harden’s fire to take “fearing the beard” to another level. But with guys like Curry, the return of Kevin Durant, and arguably the best basketball player in the world LeBron James still in the mix, that can only go to say that Harden’s statement stirred up something for them too to prove who’s really the greatest on the court now.