On Sunday, LeBron James was awarded his fourth NBA MVP, becoming just the fifth player in league history to tote that many trophies.
Despite joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5) and Wilt Chamberlain (4) in rarified air, there was something missing on Sunday.
Just one vote separated King James from a unanimous selection. But who was the culprit? Who kept James’ MVP award from perfection this season?
On Monday, we found out when Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn wrote a column titled, “Why my MVP vote went to Carmelo Anthony.”
And, just like that, the mystery was solved.
Washburn tries to explain why he chose Melo over Bron based on the fact that he thinks Anthony was more important to his team than James was to his.
I voted for Carmelo Anthony based on his importance to the New York Knicks, who, if you haven’t been paying attention the past decade, have failed to be relevant.
So my vote had more to do with Anthony and less to do with the dominance of LeBron. If you were to take Anthony off the Knicks, they are a lottery team. James plays with two other All-Stars, the league’s all-time 3-point leader, a defensive stalwart, and a fearless point guard. The Heat are loaded.
If LeBron was taken away from the Heat, they still would be a fifth or sixth seed. He is the best player of this generation, a multifaceted superstar with the physical prowess of Adonis, but I chose to reward a player who has lifted his team to new heights.
Is he necessarily correct on his argument? Not exactly, but then again, that’s why it is his vote.
How do you feel about his selection? Sound off in the comments below!