UPDATE: April 3
The former Warriors coach appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday and said: "If you twisted my arm today, I would probably vote for James Harden. And the reason why is because he singlehandedly has put that Houston Rockets team in position that they’re in today."
Simply put, Curry was surprised to hear his former coach back another player for MVP honors, per ESPN's Ethan Strauss:
Perhaps I'm reading into this too much, but Curry sounds more disappointed than anything. These aren't the words of an angry man, but they do seem like the ones of a guy realizing he no longer knows an old friend.
We'll see where things go from here, but the Warriors-Jackson quasi-beef is wilting into a lonely, burned bridge.
--End of Update--
The NBA MVP race is refreshingly competitive this year, and strong takes are pouring in from all angles over which of the three front-runners truly gets buckets.
It's a difficult proposition. Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are all very bucket-y—the primary determiner in choosing the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. But whose buckets are the biggest? Which team needs buckets the most?
These are the questions that continue to be argued, and they have apparently led to Andrew Bogut wiping his former coach Mark Jackson completely from memory.
ESPN's Ethan Strauss tweeted an interesting exchange between reporters and the Golden State Warriors center Thursday night. When asked about Jackson's recent endorsement of James Harden for MVP, Bogut shrugged it off as a bad joke:
He then forgot who that Mark Jackson fellow is:
Summation: Don't cross the Bogut.
Dan is on Twitter. J.R. for MVP.