Stephen Curry pointed to the back. He caught Eric Housen off guard. Apparently the Warriors’ equipment and travel manager didn’t expect to be called out by name in an MVP acceptance speech.
“Eric Housen, who’s in the back, we’ve got the best equipment manager in the league,” Curry said Monday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. “I think these guys would agree. You probably have a more official title than that, but the work you do day in and day out, taking care of us players.”
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Here was Curry, who earned 100 of 130 first-place votes in the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award voting, taking up the trophy and standing at the podium and thanking seemingly everyone he’s ever met. He demanded (OK, very politely requested) a round of applause for his wife. He shouted out the Warriors’ security director. Even the team’s former general manager got a minute.
After the Warriors’ brass, from GM Bob Myers to coach Steve Kerr to a Kia representative to event MC and play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald, took the stage to sing Curry’s praises, it only made sense. They called him humble, so he showed his humility.
There was no “you the real MVP” moment, no. Instead, we saw the story of a basketball prodigy with deep roots in religion and the game unfold, all through a series of salutations.[……]