Should Steph Curry Embrace The “Face Of The NBA” Debate That Surrounds Him & LeBron James?
If you asked the average NBA fan to name the “face of the NBA” just two short seasons ago, you would most likely hear the name “LeBron James” come back at you before you were even done asking your question. LeBron was, without a doubt, the best basketball player in the NBA—and the world—at that time, and there wasn’t really a close second. Sure, you could have made the argument that Kevin Durant was closing in on LeBron quickly, but at that time, KD was dealing with a string of injuries and his future was uncertain. So LeBron was the only player in the running during the “face of the NBA” discussion.
Two seasons later, that has all changed thanks to the emergence of Steph Curry. Curry has won back-to-back NBA MVP awards, and when he won his most recent MVP award, he did so unanimously. It made him the first unanimous MVP winner in NBA history. Additionally, Curry has started to revolutionize the way that the game of basketball is played. Just two seasons ago, the idea of a player dribbling the ball down the court and firing the basketball up from 30 feet away from the basket seemed preposterous. Today, it’s an everyday occurrence during Golden State Warriors games, and as a result, some people now see Curry as the “face of the NBA.”
Curry, however, doesn’t seem himself in that light. In the days leading up to the 2016 NBA Finals, which will put Curry against LeBron in the title round of the playoffs for the second straight season, Curry has been asked about his desire to be the “face of the NBA.” And rather than embracing it, he has said that it’s “really annoying” to him.
“That’s not what I’m playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron’s throne or whatever,” he said. “You know, I’m trying to chase rings, and that’s all I’m about. So that’s where the conversation stops for me.”
It may stop there for him, but it doesn’t stop there for just about everyone else. Curry may not care about wearing the crown, but there are people who are ready to give it to him. And if he’s able to get the better of LeBron for the second year in a row, it’s going to be more difficult than ever to escape the “face of the NBA” discussion. So whether he likes it or not, Curry should start learning how to deal with it.