Why Riley Curry Is the Real MVP of the NBA Championship

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On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals, the first time in 40 years the Warriors have taken the title. Andre Iguodala (above right) was named MVP.

Warriors point guard Steph Curry was probably runner up for MVP:

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But we all know who the real MVP of the NBA finals is: 2-year-old Riley Curry.

And when we say, "we all know," we're including Riley in that. She knows it:

We should have recognized Riley was the real star of this show from game one, when she did this adorable victory dance:

But we didn't. So she had to make it abundantly clear during a post-game press conference, when she told daddy to pipe down so she could talk with her fans:

We are not worthy. Yas, queen! Yaas!

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Some sports reporters who apparently didn't notice that post-game press conferences are boring as hell didn't appreciate Riley for the gift that she is and called her presence distracting and inappropriate. Riley did NOT care:

She upped her ante the second time around, performing a little Drake for us:

Drake gave her a shout out, because he knows it is us who are truly #blessed.

As for the reporters? Well, you haven't made it until you have a few haters.

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Oh yeah, and she made a grown ass man hold her gum, because naturally:

So we salute you, Riley Curry, the real MVP of the NBA finals. Even though you slept through most of the games...

You never missed an opportunity to steal the spotlight.

We respect that.

Plus, when Steph Curry was asked about Riley, he said: "[She's] always happy to see me when I get home and that kind of makes everything all right. I rarely ever have a bad day, regardless of what happens on the court."

"It just gives you something more than basketball to kind of play and live for," he added. "It's pretty special. Obviously every father would say pretty much the same thing about what their daughter or son means to them and how they impact their life."

And that's super cute too.

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OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Riley Curry walk to the press conference before a game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Ayesha Curry, Riley Curry and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait with the Larry O'Brien trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry, daughter Riley Curry (L) and wife Ayesha Curry (R) celebrate as confetti falls during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade in Oakland, California. Thousands are expected to attend in celebration of the Warriors' first NBA title in 40 years. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry kisses his daughter Riley during a rally for winning the NBA basketball championship in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NBA player Stephen Curry and daughter Riley Curry arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NBA player Stephen Curry (R) and Riley Curry at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/KCSports2015/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Riley Curry speaks onstage at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/KCSports2015/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his daughter Riley after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is joined by his daughter Riley at a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with his daughter Riley at a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with his daughter Riley at his side during a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holds his daughter Riley after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, visits with his daughter, Riley, following their win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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