Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has revealed that he would vote for himself as the NBA’s MVP this season as he also he weighed in on the new awards proposal.
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The players’ union executive director Michele Roberts revealed the plan in a memo on Wednesday, with the players set to vote on their own awards in a ceremony likely to be held in a summer meeting in Las Vegas.
While it is also a move aimed at gaining more support from the players ahead of the next round of collective bargaining agreement negotiations, the players have made no secret of their growing frustration with how much power the media hold in the current process.
Kevin Durant seemingly kick-started the conversation with his rant during the All-Star break, but it appears to be gathering pace as we inch closer to the end of the regular season.
James revealed his opinion on that matter, and he wasn’t shy in revealing who he would select as this year’s MVP.
“Guys are going to be able to recognize the guys they play against every night and what they do for their franchises,” James said, according to ESPN.
“The media has done a great job every single year picking the awards. But us players get to see the guys every single day, so it’s a longer conversation.”
When asked who he would vote for MVP, he replied: “Myself.”
The 30-year-old naturally has confidence in his own game and so this comes as no surprise, and he is involved in the conversation despite missing two weeks earlier in the season.
Nevertheless, it is widely acknowledged that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets star James Harden are the leading contenders this year, and it is likely that the former will be handed the award.
While that shouldn’t take away from James’ influence on the Cavs this season as he led them to clinching the No.2 in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night, it is a sign that others have just played better than him this year.