The Los Angeles Lakers' top star referred to the new MVP award that Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo received
September 19, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShareLeBron James showed his anger at not winning the NBA MVP
It wasn't another day for LeBron James . This Friday, his team started the road to a new NBA title with a win. For the first game of the Western Conference finals, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 126-114 and took the lead in the series. Beyond the victory, the number 23 received news that upset him : the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo was again chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the league for the second consecutive season and the three-time champion of the league left the second place in the voting. maximum basketball competition in the world.
Once the game ended in the Orlando bubble, James spoke with the press and shared his reaction when he learned the final results of the election to the MVP of the 2019-2020 season. “It made me angry, that's my true answer , “ LeBron replied, while clarifying the real reason that caused his discomfort with the definition of the award.
“It made me angry because out of 101 votes I only got 16 first-place votes. That pissed me off more than anything. I'm not saying the winner didn't deserve it or anything like that, but that pissed me off . I finished second many times in my career, be it for championships or now four times for MVP. There are things that are out of my hands, things that are not controlled, but it made me angry ”, warned the player who was chosen three times as the most valuable in the NBA in his sporting career.
Antetokounmpo added 962 points on scrutiny to win the statuette for the second year in a row, something that hasn't happened since the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry won the MVP award in 2015 and 2016. Milwaukee's No. 34 outpointed LeBron, who finished with 753 points. James Harden finished in third place with 367 units. With this result, the Greek was installed forever in a category that, until today, only featured two legends of this sport. Having received the Defensive Player of the Year award, and now with the MVP trophy, the Bucks forward equaled Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only ones to win both trophies in history in the same season .
James finished with 15 points and 12 assists in the Lakers' win over Denver at the start of the West final (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)
When asked if he thinks the media uses the correct criteria to choose the best player in the NBA, James was blunt: “I don't know. I'm not going to sit here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is. It has changed in all these years that I was in the league, I know that . Sometimes it is for the best player in the best team, sometimes it is for the player with the best statistics … ”, said the star of the Los Angeles franchise.
Regarding the game, LeBron contributed to the Lakers taking advantage in the definition against the Nuggets: he finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court and was decisive to boost his team in the second quarter that broke the match – LA won the period 34-21.
“Now I'm fine, make no mistake, we are winning 1-0, I'm going to go well to my room, my reaction was angry when I saw him but now I'm great. I'm going to go to my room for some wine and sleep really well tonight. It's just that the scale of the vote is sometimes weird for me, ”LJ repeated in contact with the press.
What did the King do when the game was over and he went to rest? He entered his social networks and used his Twitter account to mark his reason for his dissatisfaction with the election in the vote for the most valuable player in the NBA. “16 of 101! It's okay! I have them all ” , he wrote in relation to the few votes he received in the first place of the suffrage. At the words, James accompanied his post with two emojis of laughing faces.
🤣🤣16 out of 101 🗳! Ok cool! I got y'all.
– LeBron James (@KingJames) September 19, 2020
10 years after having played for the last time in the definition of the West, just in front of the same rival, the Lakers took advantage of a fantastic night from Antonhy Davis , the other star that the purple and yellow have. Los Angeles 3 dominated the game and showed it on the statistical sheet: he got 37 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes in what was his debut in a conference final.
For their part, the most prominent of the Nuggets, who lost by 27 points but decorated the result with a good last quarter, were the Serbian Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Denver's figures both finished with 21 points. This Sunday the series will continue.
The Lakers beat Denver Game 1 of the Western Conference final