OAKLAND – With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are focused on the dual priorities of daily improvement and maintaining a grip on the best record in the Western Conference.
So they are not driving through neighborhoods using bullhorns to urge everyone to get on the "Steph Curry for MVP" train.
That train, by the way, is rolling along without a dedicated campaign. With the rise of the Warriors, led by Curry, he's now the Vegas favorite to win the award.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Thursday emphasized that he's all for Curry winning the award, but his role as coach requires broader considerations.
"I care," Kerr said after practice. "I'd like for Steph to win the MVP and I think he deserves it.
"But I don't think it's our job to promote it. We're trying to win games. We've got a lot of work to do."
Kerr is willing to leave the promotional campaign to other franchises – specifically mentioning Houston general manager Daryl Morey, who is openly touting Rockets guard James Harden for MVP.
"If Daryl Morey wants to run his own one-man campaign for James Harden, he can do that. That's fine," Kerr said. "But we're focused on other stuff."
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, in regards to Curry's MVP candidacy, spoke from the script as his coach.
"We're not (focused on it) as a team," Bogut said. "But we obviously think that Steph's the MVP right now."
Curry and Harden have for most of the season been the leaders of the MVP race. Making late surges are Cleveland's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
"Westbrook's having a great year, but he missed a fair bit of time," Bogut pointed out. "But we never really get the attention like some of these other teams. I don't know if that's a part of it, but Steph's obviously deserving of the MVP at this point of the season. There's no doubt about it."