NEW YORK — Consider Gary Payton unimpressed by Golden State guard Stephen Curry becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.
The Hall of Famer tells Sports Illustrated that the vote just "happened to go" Curry's way. He said players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also could have been considered unanimous picks even though the vote didn't go that way.
Payton was also critical of Curry's Warriors teammate Draymond Green. Payton, a defensive specialist who was known as "The Glove," tells Sirius XM's NBA Radio that while Green is also a great defender, he cries "all the time" to referees over calls. That's something Payton said he would never do.
Payton was known as one of the NBA's all-time great trash talkers during his 18-season career.