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LeBron James complaining about MVP votes is not very king-like

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If LeBron James really is “The King,” why would he allow his minions to get under his skin?

James was “pissed off” when the results of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award were announced last week, because he thought he should have gotten more first-place votes.

“It pissed me off,” James said, when asked about the voting. “That’s my true answer.

“It pissed me off because out of 101 votes I got 16 first-place votes. That’s what pissed me off more than anything. I’m not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP, but that pissed me off. I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as the MVP.

“Like I said, I never came into the league saying ‘I’m gonna be MVP’ or ‘I’m gonna be champion,’ I’ve always said I just want to get better every single day and those things will take care of themselves. Some things are just out of my hands, some things you can’t control, but it pissed me off…”

Well, it seems to me that if you think you are the best basketball player of all time, which he obviously does, you wouldn’t worry so much about MVP awards. You would go about your business, do your thing and not worry about winning anything but championships.

A lot of athletes use things like this as motivation for their continued hard work and great competitiveness. Michael Jordan is famous for it.

 

Fine. But it would be better if James kept it inside. Why go public with something that could come off as sour grapes?

Could he have won the MVP? Sure. So could Anthony Davis, his teammate and the reason LeBron had such a big year with his assist totals.

Everybody, by now, knows it’s a regular-season award and it came out the way it came out. End of story. It’s over.

Look, I’m not even going to debate whether he should have been the MVP, gotten more first-place votes, or whatever… I just think it’s unwise to complain about such things.

It makes him look small. Petty.

And that’s no way for a king to behave.