LeBron James Declares He Doesn't Get 'Caught Up in the MVP Race'

Jim CavanContributor IMarch 4, 2014

Miami Heat's LeBron James adjusts his protective mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, March 3, 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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We're sincerely glad LeBron James had a few hours to enjoy his career-high—and Miami Heat record-breaking—61-point explosion against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.

Because the narrative wasted little time shifting to what LeBron's incredible performance means to the prospects of snatching his fifth-career MVP award from the jaws of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

Only, LeBron won’t allow himself to be affected by such trivial matters. Or so he says, anyway:

This warrants a bit of semantic sussing, specifically regarding the phrase "caught up in."

Insofar as it’s the media and the fans whose job it is to "get caught up in" the horse-race heroics that make an NBA season so compelling, then yes, LeBron shouldn't be losing sleep over another piece of basketball hardware.

But if he expects us to believe that he just doesn't care, well, I have a bridge to sell LeBron James.

Come to think of it, that expression is probably better applied to people who can’t actually, like, afford a bridge.

Anyway, it’s not difficult to see where LeBron’s coming from here. His focus is on one thing and one thing only: retiring with as many rings on his fingers as humanly possible.

If he winds up with a half-dozen MVP trophies, all the better.

Ask one former NBA player, and he’ll tell you last night’s detonation all but sealed that deal:

This guys seems like he knows what he’s talking about.

We’ll see if LeBron’s 61 was merely the opening salvo to an extended assault on Durant’s stake, or simply just a one-off reminder of whose throne it still is.