Despite his titles, despite his undeniable impact on the evolution of the game, Stephen Curry systematically heard the same refrain, each time someone wanted to lower his CV: no Finals MVP.
Superstars must in the collective imagination shine more on the big stages, and a superstar who is not considered the most important player in the final series of playoffs, during the three Finals won, it is necessarily a thorn in the foot. The Golden State point guard often brushed off the subject, saying it wasn’t essential to him as long as his team was winning. But by the time he finally received the Bill Russell trophy, he couldn’t deny there was some fun in putting out that latest criticism.
“What are they going to say now?” » he asked of his detractors. “Obviously, we hear everything that is said, about me as a player and about us as a team. No one outside of the Bay believed in October that we would be where we are today when the season started. »
Stephen Curry may repeat that the essential is the fourth ring, this trophy completes his legacy.
” It helps “ explains Isiah Thomas on ESPN. “Like Cedric Maxwell said the other night, ‘There are 32 Finals MVPs and I’m one of them.’ I’m part of it too. In the end, it matters. It helps. Stephen’s legacy is already very solid, in terms of everything he’s done for the game, how he’s taken it forward, how he’s made a lot of kids want to play like him. He helped our sport move forward. »
An Olympic gold medal in 2024 to complete the CV?
For Draymond Green too, this trophy was not essential to validate all that his teammate had done but, as a competitor, it was still something that the point guard wanted on his CV.
“I told him after the game: he can’t do anything more in this sport” squarely assures Seth Curry, his brother. “It’s fantastic to add another title and get a Finals MVP trophy as well. It’s one of the last things he was missing. Now he is in the debate for the Top 10 best players in history. And not just for shooting. In these Finals, he did everything on the field. What else can he do? »
New Team USA coach Steve Kerr has an answer…
“He still misses an Olympic gold medal” he laughs. “And I think he should really focus on making the Olympic team in 2024. That’s the last thing he’s missing in his career. Sorry but I couldn’t help it. » And he’s not wrong…
Stephen Curry’s Full Resume
– 4x NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)
– NBA Finals MVP (2022)
– 2x Regular Season MVP (2015, 2016)
– 8× NBA All-Star (2014–2019, 2021, 2022)
– All-Star Game MVP (2022)
– 4× elected in the All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021)
– 3× elected in the All-NBA Second Team (2014, 2017, 2022)
– 1x elected to the All-NBA Third Team (2018)
– Western Conference Finals MVP (2022)
– 2x regular season leading scorer (2016, 2021)
– 2x world champion with Team USA (2010, 2016)