Stephen Curry won the Magic Johnson Award for the 2015-16 season, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday.
The award is given to the player who plays well on the court while playing nice with the media off of it. It’s named after Johnson because he is “the ideal model for the award.”
(Just a thought, how great would it be if Curry went full Barry Bonds during the inevitable press conference for being named Most Valuable Player for the second-straight year?)
A sign of how things have changed: Kevin Durant won the honor for the 2010-11 season. Something about being dubbed “Mr. Unreliable” by his hometown paper must’ve altered his approach with the press.
Everybody has an opinion on the ending of Game 2 between the Thunder and Spurs.
Some say the Spurs were cheated. Others swear the helter skelter final sequence didn’t offer either team an advantage. Fewer beg for fans to stop obsessing about officiating.
When asked on Tuesday about the possession seen around the world, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had a different reaction.
“When you’re involved in these games, the nights off are great,” he said. “We like to see everybody else beat the crap out of each other.”
Portland head coach Terry Stotts said he believes in the league’s oversight process and that he didn’t see any injustices served.
“I think the NBA referees are excellent to begin with,” he said. “Having played in Europe and played in the CBA — I have a hard time watching college sometimes.”
Even during the offseason, Pac-12 refs, we haven’t forgotten about you.
Don’t poke the Champs
Last year, the Sour Grapes Narrative explaining the Warriors’ rise was simple: luck.
This year, the naysayers claim Golden State’s illegal screens were the real key to their regular-season success.
“I don’t really have a comment on it,” Kerr said before Game 2. “Everybody sets illegal screens.”