Most Valuable Player can be interpreted a few ways. Some feel the MVP should be awarded to the league’s best player (LeBron James). Others feel it should be awarded to the best player on the best team for that season should they have a player of that caliber (Stephen Curry). And then others prefer to award it to the best player on a playoff team in which he had to carry the most due to certain circumstances (James Harden).
Regardless of your interpretation, the player that wins the award is usually one of the game’s best and that was the case this year with Stephen Curry. But what isn’t always the case is the league MVP reaching the NBA Finals, and what’s even more rare is them squaring off against a former MVP in the matchup.
This season we have both. So as a result, I’ve decided to go back the last quarter-century and see how many times we’ve had the pleasure of seeing an NBA Finals match where the current MVP met a former MVP.
The SixFouls crew talks about the mistake Chicago made firing Tom Thidodeau, what the hiring of Scott Skiles means for Orlando’s playoff chances next season and the best fit on the New Orleans Pelicans bench.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost what was supposed to be their franchise player in Jabari Parker back in December. Their $44 million center had to walk away from the game due to a mental illness and the team brought in a new head coach. And yet they still had a 26-win improvement.
A win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs the last day of the regular season to cap off an eight-and-three stretch over the team’s final eleven games and a 45-win season was a pleasant surprise for this young New Orleans Pelicans team.
They reached the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season when Chris Paul and David West were leading the way. The second appearance for head coach Monty Williams in his fifth season as the organization’s head coach. A first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors was a surprise to no one.
But the true question is, with a young ascending superstar in Anthony Davis, where does the team go from here in order to continue the rise?
A former ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1984-85 season was able to snag these from Michael Jordan after a game. He stashed them in his mom’s closet and over 30 years later he’s about to cash in some serious coin.