Earlier this year, I made a bold prediction that Kevin Love would win the MVP, but to my disappointment Love has fallen out of the NBA MVP race. There are a few other players in the running, but no one deserves the award more than Lebron James.
Just writing his name is like pouring salt on an open wound for me. Ever since James made the "decision" almost two years ago, I have been one of the millions that have turned on him.
James is third in the league in scoring with 27.1 points per game, and averages over six assists per game. He certainly deserves the award.
Yet, there is one thing that has bothered me about Lebron, and it is what he said last week about the MVP award. "It would mean a lot, honestly, it would mean a lot," James said. "If I'm able to win it this year it would be very humbling knowing the caliber of guys who have won it three times."
It wasn't bad that James said this, it's just that it would have been a whole lot better if he said winning his first ring would be more important.
Everyone in the country remembers seeing James choking in the NBA Finals last year. When you go on national TV, say you're "taking your talents to South Beach" for not one, two, three or four, but eight championships, you know people will root against you.
Yet here we are, James. You're about to go on the most important playoff run in your career, but it seems that the MVP award is more important then the ultimate goal of winning a championship. If James and company do not win the NBA finals this year, then you would have to classify James' "decision" a failure.
Here is why James should hope to not win the championship.
Since the MVP award came into existence in the 1955-1956 NBA season, there have only been 20 times that a player has won the NBA award and NBA championship in the same season. The last time that happened was during the 2002-2003 season when Tim Duncan accomplished that feat.
To me, it seems that Lebron is more motivated to win his third award, which will tie him with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone for fourth place for the most NBA MVP awards.
Lebron, listen up; here is what you need to remember. Michael Jordan won the MVP five times, yet when you think about Jordan everyone knows about his six rings. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has six MVP awards, yet he also has six rings.
If you want to be the next Jordan, then forget the MVP award and focus on a championship, because at the end of the day, no one remembers second place, and right now you're stuck between being one of the best of all time or being the next Karl Malone with multiple MVP awards, but no rings.