Los Angeles – LeBron James has won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award four times in his career, ranking him third all-time along with Wilt Chamberlain, but one of his teammates, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, thinks James should have received the award twice. At least.
The NBA MVP award is a very political award, Kuzma said, after the Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-105 on Thursday. Bron should have been MVP at least eight, nine, ten times. Everyone knows that.
James’ team has officially begun campaigning for the 36-year-old, who is in his 18th season. is to pick up his fifth win after dazzling with 37 points on 14-of-22 shooting, eight rebounds and six assists in a victory over a team owned by Michael Jordan, one of only three players in history to have more MVPs than James.
Asked about Kuzma’s claim, James admitted that he has felt overwhelmed in the past, but did not say to what extent he felt he deserved the win.
I think I should have more than four, James said. But, uh… I’m not sitting around thinking about it or crying or anything. I’ll just try to be MVP next season and talk about it again. I bet a lot of great players who have played this game think they should have more, if you ask any of these guys.
This is another chance for me to be recognized as a better player, both this season and next. So hopefully I can keep playing good basketball and see what happens at the end.
With the win over the Hornets, Los Angeles stands at 4-0 after the All-Star break, and all of those wins came without Anthony Davis, who has been out for more than a month with a sprained hamstring and right foot tendon. In those four games, James recorded a double-double against Indiana, two double-doubles against Golden State and Minnesota, and the aforementioned monster stat against Charlotte.
He plays every night and is an example to the young players and the whole league that if he feels good, he will be there and play at a very high level and dominate the game, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. In my opinion, he is still the MVP of the league because of that attitude and what he does for our team, and he wins the game in so many different ways. … He’d do anything for us.
It’s been eight years since James won the award after the 2012-13 season, his third season with the Miami Heat.
Voters made a mistake by not choosing the league’s best player as MVP season after season, Vogel said. You know what I mean? That’s the easiest way to put it. Other players deserved it, but he was the best player in the league for as long as I can remember. Maybe in his second, third year in the league. It’s just one of those things that’s unfortunate. It’s not fair. And he should get it this year. He does this every night, and no one deserves it.
Last season, when he finished second for the fourth time in his career – with just 16 first-place votes, compared to 85 first-place votes for Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks – James admitted that the result made me angry.
A month later, he won his fourth championship and became Finals MVP for the fourth time.
It might subconsciously light a fire under him, even though there’s already a fire under him every time you make the playoffs, teammate Alex Caruso said. People pick things, after all, players recognize greatness. … I think the best player in the world today, yesterday, was LeBron.
Of course, I might be a little biased because I’m his teammate and have played with him, but that’s exactly how I feel.
Without saying he’s eligible for the Maurice Podolff Trophy this season – he’s averaging 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists, but has missed just one game so far – James admitted the award is on his mind.
That’s something, he said. It means something. I’m not going to sit here and say it means nothing to me. And for me, it was always special to win it several times in my career. … To be in the running, to hear my name again this year among the best basketball players in the league, that would mean a lot.
At my age, with what I’m capable of, what I’ve done all season and what I bring to both ends of the floor every night, it would be an incredible thing for me, especially at this point in my career.
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