‘It pissed me off’: LeBron James reacts to NBA’s MVP voting
- James LeBron ended up as the runner-up for the NBA’s MVP award.
- Out of possible 101 first-place votes, he earned 16, behind Giannis who won 85.
- LeBron James reacts and is not happy with the criteria of NBA awards voting.
LeBron James becoming closer and closer towards winning his fourth NBA championship on Friday as his Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets, with the final sheet 126-114, in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. LeBron James ended up as the runner-up for the NBA’s MVP award for the fourth time in his illustrious career when the voting was announced Friday by Commissioner.
For MVP, out of a possible 101 first-place votes, he earned 16. But on the other side, winner Giannis Antetokounmpo landed the other 85 and won the award running away. James commended the Milwaukee Bucks superstar, who has now won back-to-back MVP awards but was not happy about how he did in the voting. In his eyes, he at least deserved a greater share of the voting of 101 first-place votes.
“It pissed me off,” LeBron James reacts
“It pissed me off,” LeBron James reacts and told reporters after his Game 1 victory against Nuggets. “That’s my true answer. It pissed me off because out of 101 votes I got 16 first-place votes. That’s what pissed me off more than anything. I’m not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP, but that pissed me off. I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as the MVP.”
“As I said, I never came into the league saying ‘I’m gonna be MVP’ or ‘I’m gonna be champion,’ I’ve always said I just want to get better every single day and those things will take care of themselves. Some things are just out of my hands, some things you can’t control, but it pissed me off.”
LeBron James reacts, went back in past time to discuss some older gripes and crossed paths he had with NBA awards voting, citing a peculiar loss to Marc Gasol for the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year award as evidence, to him, that the voting system is flawed.
“The voting scale is a little weird to me sometimes,” LeBron James reacts and said about grudges he had with NBA awards voting. “Take 2012, just stick with me here, 2012-13, I had a chance to be Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season. In that season Marc Gasol was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, but he made Second-Team All-Defense. So that doesn’t make sense. It’s like being MVP of the league, but you make Second-Team All-NBA.”
“That’s when I really started to look at things kind of differently, like, how does that make any sense? It’s like being Rookie of the Year and then being second-team All-Rookie. And then I looked at the Most Improved this year, and rightfully so, Brandon Ingram was amazing and I thought he should’ve won it, but did you see the votes Devonte’ Graham got? He averaged four points last year compared to 17.5. If that’s not improving, what is? It’s just a weird thing sometimes that, I don’t know how much we are really watching the game of basketball, or are we just in the narration mode? The narrative,” LeBron James reacts to MVP voting.
James indicated towards lack of consistency in voting criteria
Ultimately, LeBron James reacts and indicated a preference for lack of consistency in voting criteria, thinking that different seasons produced different kinds of results.
“I don’t know, I’m not gonna sit up here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is,” LeBron James reacts and said. “It’s changed over the years since I’ve gotten into the league. It’s just changed, it’s changed a lot. Sometimes it’s, you know, the best player, not the best team. Sometimes it’s the guy with the best season statistically. It’s changed over the course of my career. You don’t know. Giannis had a hell of a season, you can definitely say that.”
Although, On paper, Antetokounmpo shows up to have the best case in terms of stats and performance. His side Milwaukee Bucks won more games than LeBron’s N.Y. Lakers. He scored more points and ultimately Giannis was the clear winner on that end of the floor in winning Defensive Player of the Year.
Davis, unsurprisingly, supported LeBron’s candidacy for NBA’s MVP of the year has supports towards LeBron James is quite out of the box.
“He deserves it. What he’s been able to do for our team, the things he’s been doing individually on a consistent basis, night in, night out, it’s not even a question who deserves it,” the superstar forward, who lost Defensive Player of the Year to Giannis, Davis supported James.
Let’s take this MVP of the year debate aside, LeBron and his side Lakers are fighting for a much more important trophy which is to lift the prized title. He would surely want to be an NBA champion for the fourth time in his career, and Giannis on the sides, despite having been an MVP of the year and for all of his regular-season success, is no longer in the running for that honour.