Lake Funa Vista, Fla. – LeBron James The Los Angeles Lakers may have had three wins from the NBA Finals, but he was not happy.
The league announced the MVP vote for the 2019-20 season on Friday, just before the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 126-114 Game 1 to start the Western Conference Finals, and James Milwaukee finished second to the Bucks. Giannis Antetoga ounpo.
For the fourth time in his 17-year career the Lakers star finished second in the league’s most prestigious individual award, tied with Jerry West and Larry Bird all the time.
After pumping in 15 points with 12 assists in the opening game of the series, James said, “It provoked me, that’s my real answer.” “It motivated me, because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first place votes. That’s what motivated me the most.
“You know, the winner didn’t say I didn’t deserve MVP, but it did motivate me. And I ‘ve finished second in a championship in my career, and I’m been MVP four times now.”
James mentions his NBA final record of 3-6, which is a successful percentage that is often raised as the first thing that separates him. Michael Jordan, Was 6-0 in the championship round.
It came close to James’ second place, with 209 MVP voting points separating him and Antotho onbo. In 2017-18, he is 227 points behind James Horton. In 2005-06, he scored 236 points more than Steve Nash. And in 2013-14 he was 341 points behind Kevin Torrent.
James, 35, has won four league MVP courses in his career (2009, ’10, ’12, ’13).
“I have never been an MVP or a champion in this league,” James said. “I always wanted to be better and better every day. Those things take care of itself. But some things are not in my hands, some things you can’t control. But it motivated me.”
James aimed at the indefinite criteria for the award, which explains the voting. The NBA’s annual awards are voted on by a global panel of 100 media members from across print and broadcast journalism, and one fan vote.
“I don’t know how much we watch the game,” James exclaimed loudly about the team.
“I’m not going to sit here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is. It’s changed many years since I entered the league,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the best player on the team. Sometimes it’s the guy with the best season in terms of statistics. Sometimes … I mean, you never know. You never know. But you know, Kianis had a hell of a season; I can definitely say that.”
The 25-year-old Antoine O’Neill won his second straight MVP, doing the same as James’ first two MVPs: leading his team to regular season victories in the league, but exiting the playoffs.
This season Antodio ounbo was selected as this year’s defensive player, joining Jordan (1987-88) Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) were the only players to win that award and MVP in the same season.
James finished second Mark Casol For the defensive player in 2012-13 – the year James won his fourth MVP – he said it made him even more confused.
“I had the opportunity to be a defensive player this year and an MVP in the same season,” James said. “That year Casol was the defensive player of the year, but he’s a second-team all-defense, right. That’s not meaning that. , I was like, how does that make any sense? “
Surprisingly, James’ team took up the case for the award after the game.
“He deserves it,” he said. Anthony Davis Said. “What he was able to do for our team, the things he has been doing individually, on a consistent basis, night, night out, it’s not even a question of merit.”
The numbers support Davis’ approval. LA is a plus-173 in 862 minutes with James on the court without Davis in the regular season. Of the 677 minutes LA played with Davis on court without James, the Lakers were a minus-29, according to ESPN figures and information research.
Lockers coach Frank Vogel also argued for James.
“You all know how I feel about this,” he said. “For me, he’s the MVP of the league this year. No disrespect to Giannis. Giannis had a great season. He’s a great player. What LeBron does for our team is unparalleled to me.”
Before concluding his thoughts on the matter, James made it clear that his overall focus is on the success of the Lakers.
“I mean, I’m fine. Don’t twist it,” James said. “I’m fine, we’re 1-0 at the Western Conference Finals, and I’m totally fine. So no – like I had the reaction before when I saw it. I’m totally better now. Don’t let it twist. I’m fine. It’s a little different sometimes for me to vote. “