Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has insisted that he isn’t upset by teammate Kevin Love picking Russell Westbrook and not him for the MVP award.
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Much has been made of their relationship in recent weeks, with Love even conceding that the pair “aren’t best friends”, but that their friendship is evolving as it is with all the other players and coaches.
While that sound-bite was a dream for the media as they continue to suggest that there is a rift between them, James insists that he can’t fault his teammate for having an honest opinion, one which is probably right anyway.
“I don’t really think too much of it, really,” James said after practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
“I don’t really get involved in that. I think the voters are going to decide who is the MVP. I think what Russ has been doing, his numbers have been pretty crazy keeping those guys afloat in the West in his play. Steph Curry can make a case, for sure, what he’s been doing –James Harden and myself, as well. So, Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”
James has missed 11 games this season due to injury issues, while Westbrook has missed 15 in total but has emerged as the leading candidate in recent weeks after recording nine triple-doubles.
Love defended his choice and hit back by insisting that the media chose their four second clip and took his comment without context, but it remains to be seen if there is further tension moving forward.
Meanwhile, James added that it was something to think about in terms of the players voting for the MVP, as given that they are the ones on the court up close against the contenders, they should have a bigger say in the matter.