When the coach of your team's greatest rival makes statements like this:
"LeBron, to me, is the favorite every year. The years he doesn't win it, it'll usually be because people are just tired of voting for him. Statistically, if you go all-around game, I don't know how you don't vote for him every year."
You're probably good at what you do and command respect.
Rivers is alluding to James, spurring memories of when Michael Jordan lost the MVP to Charles Barkley and Karl Malone in 1993 and '97, respectively, despite leading the league in PER in '93 and leading his team to a league-leading 69 wins in '97.
Obviously, I'm not stating LeBron James is Michael Jordan. What I'm attempting to convey is that James is deserving of the award every year, yet doesn't win it because, as Rivers said, voters are tired of giving their vote to LeBron. It could even be argued that James deserved the award in 2011, despite finishing third behind Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers).
Winning the MVP award is going to be difficult for James. Although he leads the league in terms of being an all-around player, there are still so many voters who are aching for a reason to give the award to Kevin Durant.
We look into five ways LeBron James can secure a fourth MVP, as he continues to move his way amongst the upper echelon of the NBA's greatest players.