Molly Qerim believes that LeBron James is hyping up Steph Curry to be the MVP this year just so he can beat him in the play in game.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves to be in unchartered territory this season as they fell behind to the 7th seed, booking a ticket to the play in tournament and setting up a date with the 8th seeded Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, have been quite iffy this year but have proven to be Goliath-stopper as they’ve taken down teams like the Jazz and the Suns.
Steph Curry, not only leads the league in scoring at 32 points per game, but has also contributed in helping Golden State reach the number 1 spot on the ‘team assists per game’ stat, alongside Draymond Green of course. With Curry being as dominant as he was, LeBron James saw his opportunity to sing his praise yesterday, calling him the MVP for the 2020-21 season.
However, considering how savvy the ‘King’ is, ESPN’s First Take went on air to discuss whether or not this compliment was sincere or was gamesmanship at best.
Molly Qerim has an interesting take on LeBron James complimenting Steph Curry.
While Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith were going back and forth, Molly Qerim, who is usually relegated to a moderator type role, decided to give her own two cents on the matter. What she said was quite interesting to say the least.
“I think he is setting up the narrative to, ‘Hey, when we beat Steph Curry and the Warriors and we take them out real quick, I beat the MVP.’”
I am so happy @MollyQerim exposed Lebron James antics.
— LebronExposé (@BeeradLakers) May 18, 2021
LeBron James is known to give flowers to the opposing team on several occasions. Whether it was the mid to late 2010s Warriors teams or even the 8th seeded Portland TrailBlazers last year in the Bubble, James has always found a way to hype up his opposition.
Perhaps fans and analysts are reading a bit too much into it however as James could sincerely mean what he said about Steph Curry. After all, it’s not like he said he believes Zach LaVine is the MVP or anything as outrageous as that. Believing the 2x MVP should win his 3rd this season isn’t a bad take by any means. Guys like Ryen Russillo and Bill Simmons have him ranked 3rd on their MVP ballot after all.