Getty Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry Over the last decade, the Golden State Warriors have had an incredible run. They have won four of the last eight championships and are the current NBA champions. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some lighthearted controversy along the way. One of the more dubious events to occur during their dynasty occurred following the 2014-15 NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP. Stephen Curry stated that he believes he deserved the award during a recent appearance on The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. “The question is, ‘Do I believe I deserve it?'” Without a doubt… “The power of the narrative can distract you from the actual goal,” Curry explained. “Obviously, we’re not going to win the Finals if I don’t play like I did. I thought I played exceptionally well. We won’t win the Finals unless Andre plays like he did, and that adjustment [of Iguodala serving as LeBron James’ primary defender] worked, with him providing such a huge boost throughout the series.” Curry, Stephen On Creating the Warriors Culture, Competing with LeBron and Kyrie, Changing the NBA, and More Today’s episode of The Old Man and The Three is one for the books. Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ guard and the greatest shooter of all time, is our guest. Steph was kind enough to provide us with nearly 90 minutes of stories, insights, and so much more. Topics include: Klay’s immediate importance… 2022-11-22T12:00:00Z Iguodala won the award in large part because of his series-long defense of then-Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. He was also the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 52.1% field goal shooting and 40.0% from distance. Curry claims he was critical to the Warriors’ victory. While Iguodala’s performance was impressive, and he improved his game for the Finals, Curry remains the favorite in the debate. Having said that, he admitted that they were both deserving of the award, and he doesn’t want to diminish Iguodala’s achievement. “We both thought we deserved it,” Curry said. “I’m sure he thought to himself, ‘No, it’s him,’ when he heard his name called.” And if it had been me, I would have done the same thing. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t have another chance, or that he didn’t deserve it.” During the Finals, the Warriors’ point guard also put up impressive numbers. He appeared in all six games, averaging 42.5 minutes per game. Curry averaged 26.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the field and 38.5% from distance. Iguodala believes he is deserving. Over the summer, Iguodala demonstrated that Curry’s belief that they both deserved the award was correct. He told The Athletic’s Sam Amick that he believes he deserved the award, despite the fact that the team set him up well to win it. “I believe it was well deserved.” “I just took advantage of the opportunity,” Iguodala told The Athletic’s Sam Amick over the summer. “The plan was for me to beat [James].” That doesn’t happen all that often in the Finals. Normally, the guy who is the favorite, [who has] the odds, is the one who wins the NBA Finals MVP. And I believe I simply took advantage of the situation.” In the end, Curry got a Finals MVP award of his own this past year, and both can happily say that they’ve earned the honor.