While doing some promotional work in the Napa Valley earlier this week, Kobe Bryant was asked for his take on the MVP race this season in the NBA.

While admitting that it’s tough to pick between leading candidates Stephen Curry and James Harden, The Black Mamba gave the edge to Harden for carrying a bigger load than Steph.

Per Lakers Nation (via The Insider):

Bryant explained, “That is a tough call, you have James [Harden] who has been playing consistent all through the season. Steph [Curry], who has been doing phenomenal things. That is a tough call for me but I would have to say James [Harden].”

 

He goes on to say, “[James Harden] had to keep that team afloat. I think the team actually got better, when he went down. Which is hard to do. So I think with the responsibilities he had to deal with this season I’d vote James [Harden].”