CLEVELAND — LeBron James caused a stir when he openly debated the interpretation of the MVP award.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry responded that he had become used to tuning out all the noise.
But there’s a bit more chatter that Curry will have to ignore (or embrace) ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals with his Golden State Warriors ahead 2-1 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Given that the players now vote for their own MVP – James Harden won MVP as voted on by the NBA players association last season – Cavs two-way stopper J.R. Smith was asked who he would vote for.
“Other than LeBron, I don’t really know who else to vote for,” Smith said on Thursday ahead of Game 4. ”I mean somebody who does everything for a team, whether it’s scoring, getting stops, rebounds, steals, blocked shots. There’s not more of a complete player, so I don’t see how he couldn’t be the most valuable.”
James finished third in the actual MVP voting, behind San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard, and of course,…