Los Angles Lakers ahead LeBron James stated he was “pissed off” after receiving just 16 first-place votes for the NBA’s most precious player (MVP) award.
Milwaukee Bucks energy ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s MVP for the second straight yr on Friday, receiving 85 of the 101 first-place votes, whereas James, 35, completed runner-up for the fourth time in his 17-year career.
“It pissed me off. That’s my true answer,” stated James after the Lakers’ 126-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets within the first game of the Western Conference Finals. “It pissed me off because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes.”
“You know, not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off. And I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as an MVP.”
The award is voted on by a worldwide panel of sports activities writers and broadcasters. James, a three-time NBA champion, questioned the factors of choice.
“I don’t know how much we are really watching the game,” he stated. “I’m not going to sit up here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is. It’s changed over the years since I’ve gotten into the league.”
“Sometimes it’s the best player on the best team. Sometimes it’s the guy with the best season statistically. I mean, you don’t know. But you know, Giannis had a hell of a season; I can definitely say that.”