This past regular seasons has without a doubt been Steph Curry’s year. Aside from Kobe Bryant’s retirement headline, all of the main storylines had something to do with Curry, whether directly or indirectly. This all culminated this week when Steph was named the MVP for the 2015-2016 NBA regular season, his second consecutive trophy and the first time any player has ever won unanimously.

Wednesday night (May 11), LeBron James was asked his opinion on Curry’s win and though he did admit that he deserved to win, James clarified the difference between the words “best” and “valuable.” This has many people thinking that LeBron may not be too pleased with all of the attention that Curry has been receiving, the same praise that LeBron had been receiving for the past decade.

“I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results. Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 (shooting percentages from the free-throw line, field and 3-pointers), and they won 73 (games). So, I don’t, do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most ‘valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”

Though it can be debated whether or not his stance might be coming out of spite, James’ point of view is not farfetched. The Golden State Warriors are still contenders if Curry were not on the team, this was proven the past 3 weeks when they played without their star and continued to dominate. The same cannot necessarily be said if James were to be removed from Cavaliers.

Respect: For The Win