Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James isn’t happy about the NBA award voting and has gone on a big rant to express his opinion on all the things he considers are bad. Giannis Antetokounmpo was announced the 2020 NBA MVP award winner on Friday morning and if you ask, most people will agree with that decision. Giannis had a terrific season with the Milwaukee Bucks and he was well-deserving of that title. However, LeBron wasn’t happy with the voting and the 16 first-place votes he received.
Following the Lakers’ 126-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets, Bron reflected on this matter, making it clear he wasn’t happy with how things went down with voting.
“It pissed me off,” James told reporters after his Game 1 victory. “That’s my true answer. It pissed me off because out of 101 votes I got 16 first-place votes. That’s what pissed me off more than anything. I’m not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP, but that pissed me off. I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as the MVP. Like I said, I never came into the league saying ‘I’m gonna be MVP’ or ‘I’m gonna be champion,’ I’ve always said I just want to get better every single day and those things will take care of themselves. Some things are just out of my hands, some things you can’t control, but it pissed me off.”
Moreover, LeBron remembered prior times when he felt he was snubbed of winning an NBA award and the people responsible for it damaged his plans. He specifically talked about the time Marc Gasol won the DPOY award.
“The voting scale is a little weird to me sometimes,” James said. “Take 2012, just stick with me here, 2012-13, I had a chance to be Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season. In that season Marc Gasol was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, but he made Second-Team All-Defense. So that doesn’t make sense. It’s like being MVP of the league, but you make Second-Team All-NBA. That’s when I really started to look at things kind of differently, like, how does that make any sense? It’s like being Rookie of the Year and then being second-team All-Rookie.”
James also pointed out one curious case that took place this year. Devonte Graham of the Charlotte Hornets had a breakout season and you would think he would’ve been a finalist for the Most Improved Player award, at least, but none of that happened. The prize was given to New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram while Graham didn’t even make the cut.
“I looked at the Most Improved this year, and rightfully so, Brandon Ingram was amazing and I thought he should’ve won it, but did you see the votes Devonte’ Graham got? He averaged four points last year compared to 17.5. If that’s not improving, what is? It’s just a weird thing sometimes that, I don’t know how much we are really watching the game of basketball, or are we just in the narration mode? The narrative.”
“It pissed me off.”
LeBron on receiving only 16 first place votes for MVP 👀 pic.twitter.com/2UgeW5rkMG
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Bron feels something needs to change. He did a great job with the Lakers this season, taking them to the postseason for the first time since 2013, their first Western Conference Finals appearance since 2010, and seeing how well they played in Game 1, probably to their first NBA Finals appearance in 10 years, too. However, not so many people would take the MVP award away from Giannis and give it to LeBron.
The Greek Freak is the rightful winner even though James was a monster, too.