Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award Monday, a high point of a young career already full of overcoming obstacles.
Curry received the trophy in a ballroom below Golden State's downtown Oakland practice facility, shaking his head in disbelief as he was announced as the winner of the league's top individual honor.
"There were obviously good times and bad times. Times I wanted to shut it down," Curry said. "It just made me feel like how blessed and thankful I am to be in this position."
Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes and 1,198 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters, along with the fan vote on nba.com. James Harden had 25 first-place votes and 936 points. Cleveland's LeBron James, a four-time MVP, got five first-place votes and 552 points.
Curry was joined on stage by Warriors coach Steve Kerr, General Manager Bob Myers and his teammates. He got choked up talking about his pregnant wife, Ayesha, and their 2-year-old daughter, Riley, who sat next to the rest of his family and friends in the front row.
Curry carried the top-seeded Warriors to a franchise-record 67 wins, surpassed his own NBA record for three-pointers in a season and added to his growing reputation as one of the most entertaining athletes in sports. He's the franchise's first MVP since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960, when the Warriors played in Philadelphia.
Most major colleges didn't offer the 6-3 Curry a scholarship coming out of high school because they thought he was too small. Curry proved them all wrong, going from a shooting guard who dazzled at Davidson during the NCAA tournament to a polished professional point guard. But two operations on his right ankle in his first three seasons with Golden State fueled questions about his durability and value to the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2009.