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Live updates tonight: Warriors at Thunder in Game 6

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) waits for the game to resume during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) waits for the game to resume during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder in Golden State’s must-win Game 5

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) takes a three-point shot (that he missed) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) takes a three-point shot (that he missed) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle on Thursday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors try to stave off elimination.

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder, Game 4

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) listens to Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) while on the bench during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) listens to Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) while on the bench during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors face the Thunder down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

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Live playoff updates: Warriors vs. Thunder, Game 3 tonight

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sits on the bench as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sits on the bench as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City on Sunday at 5 p.m. as the Warriors face the Thunder.

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Gary Payton: Warriors’ Stephen Curry shouldn’t have been voted first unanimous MVP in NBA history

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry poses with his back-to-back MVP trophies at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Curry was the first player in the NBA to be unanimously voted MVP. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry poses with his back-to-back MVP trophies at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Curry was the first player in the NBA to be unanimously voted MVP. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Gary Payton, the Hall of Fame point guard and Oakland native, said Thursday he has an issue with voters who gave the Warriors’ Stephen Curry the honor of becoming the NBA’s first unanimous MVP.

“People have to understand we don’t have an issue with Stephen Curry,” Payton told SiriusXM. “Stephen Curry doesn’t vote for himself. You had 131 people that voted for him. I’ve got an issue with them.”

Payton listed to Sports Illustrated previous MVP winners Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“I think all of them guys were unanimous decisions, too,” he said. “It just happened in an era that, it went his way. He was the first one to do it. I commend him again of what he’s accomplished, but you gotta think about who were voting for Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem and all of them during their time, why in the heck would they not give all their votes to them guys at that time when they were doing it?”

A vote of NBA players decided the MVP up until the 1980-81 season when balloting was done by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from the United States and Canada.

“We forgot Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50 points and 30 rebounds,” Payton told SiriusXM. “You didn’t think he was a unanimous decision? Who else ever did that and scored 100 points in one game? And he didn’t even win it (in 1962). That’s what I’m trying to say.

“You look at Michael Jordan. When they set the record at 72-10 in 1996, he didn’t get all the votes. So you’re trying to tell me these reporters or whoever’s voting that you and them guys back then, they didn’t know that he was a unanimous decision? Don’t blame that on Stephen Curry. Blame that on them reporters.”

Payton told the radio station that the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, who finished second and third in the voting, deserved first-place votes.

“If you look at LeBron, what he does for his team, he does everything,” Payton said. “I still think he’s the best all-around basketball player. As we say, Stephen Curry was the best player this year but I’m saying all-around – who gives you assists, who gives you rebounding, who gives you points, who does a lot of things for his team to have it? If you take LeBron off that team, I don’t think Cleveland is a good team like that. If you Curry off of it, uh, right now I don’t know. They probably would win games. They wouldn’t have won 73, but they would win a lot of basketball games.”

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Warriors president Rick Welts on how wealth could result in new people attending Warriors games in San Francisco

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Warriors president Rick Welts was in New York to accept the Sports Business Awards honor for Sports Team of the Year on Wednesday and beforehand spoke about Warriors fans as they relate to business.

Asked by CNBC about the wealth in the Bay Area and if that has shifted the kind of people that want to buy tickets and attend games, Welts said it hasn’t yet.

“I think there’s greater interest because of the winning, but I think the fan base has remained remarkably the same,” Welts said. “I think we have an incredibly diverse fan base. We cut off our season ticket sales at 14,500 three years ago, and really it’s those same 14,500 people that have been there ever since. We’re renewing at 98, 95 percent, so we’re not bringing a lot of those new people you’re talking about into the fold yet. But hopefully we’re designing a stadium that will take advantage of that wealth.”

Chase Center, which is scheduled to open in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season if the team can clear legal challenges, will cost “a billion and a half dollars” in privately-funded money for the project, according to Welts.

Season ticket renewal rates surpassed 90 percent for a fourth straight season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, and those holders will have priority for Chase Center when the prices of tickets are expected to rise.

The season ticket holder wait list, meanwhile, has grown to over 28,000 members, according to the Warriors. They paid non-refundable deposits to join and will have priority over the general public for Chase Center.

Asked about the economy, Welts said, “We are living in a very unusual environment in the Bay Area right now. The whole Bay Area is on fire in a good way. It’s the center of innovation of the world. The economy is roaring. There is very little that we have to complain about right now.”

Asked about issues about California’s economy and how they could affect how the Warriors plan, budget and strategize, Welts said affordability is becoming “a front burner issue in the Bay Area.”

“The cost of housing is really not where it needs to be for everyday people who have regular jobs to be able to afford to live there,” he said. “Now some of that’s going to accrue to the benefit of Oakland and some of the surrounding areas, but it’s a real problem we have to address.”

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder, Game 2

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a layup past Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter (11) in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. Oklahoma City defeated Golden State 108-102. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a layup past Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter (11) in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. Oklahoma City defeated Golden State 108-102. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle on Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors host Oklahoma City.

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