LeBron James became the eighth player in NBA history to win MVP honors for the third time in his career. For James it’s an impressive accomplishment, as he has turned into a villain for so many fans across the league.
While the LeBron haters continue to hold on to the “ring-less” jokes, James shows no signs of slowing down in his career. At 27 years of age LeBron is only now hitting his prime, and is doing it in scary fashion. While many anti LeBron fans were hoping for a Durant MVP celebration, they all forget to look at how well LeBron has played on both ends of the court. The mixture of size, speed, strength, and IQ has the three time MVP winner in his own league. A league that he has yet to seize on the biggest stage, but is bound to do sooner or later.
While thee MVP’s are impressive, and puts LeBron in an illustrious group, he hasn’t lost sight of the main goal at hand.
“We have a bigger goal. I want that championship. That’s all that matters to me,” James said.
When a player of LeBron’s caliber steps onto the court, objective NBA fans know what they are seeing. They know though this professional athlete has not won on the biggest stage in his sport, he is still the best overall NBA player by miles. The ring is necessary to embrace the career, in fact multiple rings are necessary, but not having one doesn’t negate the truth; since day one, LeBron James has lived up to the hype. He’s steered clear of trouble, and has promoted positivity within the community.
The Decision and the ring debate have lost a large amount of relevance. It’s stale… it’s like that massive box of cereal you bought at Sam’s Club. Half of the box is done (a normal portion) but the other half is now boring to your taste buds. What do you do? Do you keep that box as a hoarder, or do you eventually move on and toss it in the trash? Guilty? “Oh but it expired!” Suddenly that pulls you off the hook, and you have a valid excuse to toss it.
Well that’s my valid excuse, and after LeBron wins a ring this year it really goes in the trash for good. Sorry… LeBron brings out the cockiness in me.
According to @tomhaberstroh who does an amazing job covering the Miami Heat, LeBron averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.9 steals, on 53% shooting. To put that in perspective, no one else has matched that stat line, with the exception of Michael Jordan, who did it only once in his career. Tom further states that Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone each won three MVPs before winning a championship, hinting if the progressive coincidence continues, LeBron is on deck for his own ring in the near future.
LeBron gets quite the label from “ratings hungry” personality Skip Bayless. Skip values his entertainment more than his objectiveness, and consistently throws LeBron under the bus because that’s what he’s been told to do. LeBron’s numbers do the talking in the playoffs. He has led his team in points, rebounds, and assists twenty times in his playoff career… that my friends is the most in NBA history.
At this pace LeBron could win a few more MVP’s before his career is done. But winning those trophies won’t mean much.
“I’d give all three (MVPs) back if I could win a championship,” James said.
If you hate LeBron I feel bad for you. I feel like as an NBA fan you’re missing out on greatness taking place. All the outside distractions are a just a mere blemish. As a fan what’s more important than the production on the court? The hairline is funny, the glasses are nerdy, and “The Decision” was a blast of ego mixed with bad execution by team LeBron, and ESPN executives.
What I will tell LeBron haters is this…. Hate him or love him, LeBron James deserved that MVP trophy this year. You don’t like him personally that’s your opinion, but the numbers don’t lie, and when it’s that impressive, it must be awarded.
I would love to see LeBron complete the year with a championship ring on his finger. The Miami Heat control their own destiny, and for the first time I hope to see LeBron grab it with a vengeance.