LeBron James doesn’t care about the common consensus that James Harden should be MVP this season. Even with Harden averaging over 30 points a game and 8.7 assists per game; and the Rockets in the first place of the Western conference — the King isn’t impressed. When asked who should be MVP this year by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, he replied:
“I would vote for me. The body of work, how I’m doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we’ve got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”
James is averaging 27.4 points per game, 9.1 assists per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. More than that, he opens up our annual conversation for what an MVP is. Also, LeBron has a point — imagine the Rockets without Harden vs. the Cavaliers without James. That’s LeBron’s best-case scenario, unfortunately for him, the voting criteria hasn’t been that some time now.
“At this point in my career, I’m just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year. I’m trying to do things that have never been done before. It’s crazy because I’m not setting out to do it. It’s just kind of happening organically. I’m just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”
“Obviously, I’ve had some unbelievable seasons before, but I’ve said it: This is the best I can go, just from a complete basketball player standpoint.”