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LeBron should win Finals MVP even if Cavs lose, say polled coaches, execs

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INDEPENDENCE, OH - JUNE 1: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media during practice days before the first game of the 2015 NBA Finals at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on June 1, 2015 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James should be named Finals MVP, no matter the outcome of the series.

I detailed on the podcast why there’s no way that will happen.

But whether it does or it doesn’t, only Warriors fans seem to believe that someone on their team should win the award if they close out the series and win the title; the majority of well-informed observers feel otherwise.

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

I polled 50 league execs & coaches from the other 28 teams asking if LeBron James should be MVP even if Cavs lose. 31 said Yes, 19 said No.

In the event the Warriors win the series, it would take an even more outrageous performance from James to steer voters away from handing an additional trophy to someone in a Golden State jersey. Andre Iguodala may have been the favorite early on, but now it would almost certainly go to Stephen Curry, provided he has even an average performance in the game that closes Cleveland out.

In my opinion, there’s almost nothing LeBron could do to win the Finals MVP if the Warriors win the series. He wouldn’t want the trophy anyway, and it would make for a ridiculously awkward presentation on the television broadcast, outside what would assuredly be a devastated Cavaliers locker room, or (worse) on the same stage where the Warriors would be seen celebrating.

But that doesn’t mean that he won’t deserve it.