Windhorst claims James cares about individual award this season too…
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is reportedly disappointed that he hasn’t received more MVP consideration this season after an impressive run of form.
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“James does care about team success first, but he also cares deeply about individual awards,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported.
“That includes right now and the developing MVP race. He has been privately wondering why he’s not more involved in the national conversation on the matter considering his play over the last quarter of the season.”
The two-time NBA champion has won the award on four previous occasions, but he may well be unhappy about why the media and fans aren’t recognising his achievements this season.
James is averaging 26.0 points, 7.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game in 49 contests, which would suggest that he should be more heavily involved in the conversation.
Having scored 42 points against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, he will have done no harm for his argument but ultimately there are various reasons as to why he will not win the award this season.
Perhaps more important is the fact that he missed a significant chunk of the schedule earlier this year when he sat out for a fortnight with back and knee injuries.
While he was busy in rehabilitation and resting, the likes of Stephen Curry and James Harden were producing night in and night out with their respective teams enjoying great success.
The Cavs struggled to start the campaign, and so that may well be a factor in not voting for James when the time comes at the end of the regular season.
This year’s race will certainly be the most intriguing in many years as it isn’t a straight battle between James and Kevin Durant, with the likes of Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis also in consideration.
However, while it is unfair to an extent that James isn’t gaining more recognition for his efforts, he still hasn’t done enough for now to warrant him overtaking Curry and Harden.