LeBron James was displeased by the fact he wasn't the regular season MVP this year and that the award went to Giannis Antetokounmpo instead. LeBron was second in votes behind Giannis, and you could make a case he deserved the award because he put up great numbers this season and leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the first place in the western conference.
After last night's win against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron talked with the media about the game and shared his frustrations that he didn't win his fifth MVP award in his career. He said that even though he didn't win it he will continue to become an even better player, and his only focus now is to win a championship.
It pissed me off. That is my true answer. Out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. That is what pissed me off more than anything. Not saying the winner wasn't deserving of the MVP, but that pissed me off, and I finished second a lot in my career, either in a championship or now as an MVP. I always want to get better and better every single day, and those things will take care of themselves, but some things are out of my hand and some things you can't control, but it pissed me off.
LeBron also has a lot of respect for the Denver Nuggets and everything they achieved so far in these playoffs, which he considers remarkable by all measures.
Very resilient, very confident, very driven, very well-coached team, it takes a lot of energy, effort, a lot of desperation to be able to come back from a 3-1 deficit. They did it twice. So the respect level is out of this world for what we have for this ballclub. That's how we're going into this series: understanding what they're capable of, where they stand.
At the age of 35, LeBron showed incredible durability and dominance in the NBA, averaging 25 points, career-high 10.2 assists, and almost 8 rebounds per game. It really seems like age ain't nothing but a number for LeBron, who continues to impress the world with his consistency and that he is still one of the best basketball players.