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LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

Posted on: January 1, 2011 7:44 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 7:52 pm
 
LeBron James says he does not expect that he or Dwyane Wade will win the NBA MVP award this season. Posted by Ben Golliver. heat-stroke

Miami Heat foward LeBron James surely understood that a price would have to be paid for his decision to forsake being a franchise player on a championship contender in Cleveland to become one of 2.5 franchise players on the Miami Heat.

James has already paid a huge public relations toll since "The Decision," but he noted on Saturday that he understands that he compromised his ability to take home hardware as well.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that James acknowledged that both he and teammate Dwyane Wade will not win the NBA MVP award this season. "When we decided to come together, our MVP chances went out the window," James told reporters.

James is the 2-time defending NBA MVP, while Wade has never won the award, although he was named NBA Finals MVP when the Heat won the title in 2006.

ESPN.com adds that James said he believes the MVP award is for individual performance.
"I think they classify it as an individual award. They look at it like the less help you have, the more numbers you have then the better chance for you to win that award."
"I don't know how you classify the MVP thing," James said. "Do you classify it as most valuable to his team, if you take that person off his team how do they play? Or is it how is he playing numbers wise? I don't know."
James is correct: neither he nor Wade will be a finalist for the MVP award this season, and the fact that he understands this and seems to accept it is a refreshingly honest and self-aware turn.

Remembering back a decade, though, the presence of a fellow superstar didn't stop Shaquille O'Neal from winning the 2000 MVP, and it also didn't stop Karl Malone from winning the 1999 MVP, Michael Jordan from winning five MVP awards and Magic Johnson from winning three MVP awards. History has proven that superstar-laden teams can be led by an MVP.

But the nature of "The Decision" and the way it was handled have poisoned James' and Wade's chances, at least in the short term.  Is it impossible to imagine James or Wade winning an MVP two or three years from now, should the Heat win a title or two? Not at all. 
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Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:51 pm
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!!


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Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:51 pm
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Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Ah the MVP

I guess the "decision" was on LBJ saying that he didn't need anymore MVP awards but wanted rings instead of plaques. And yes it seems that the Cavs were struggling to put the exact pieces around LBJ although they weren't that far off in that they went to the Finals. To the "haters", LeBron does dish out a lot of assists so he must be a fairly good team player, who apparently dropped his white hat into a bucket of black paint.

Looking at Amar'e, I'm wondering if the Heat would of been better with him than Bosh? or is the Knicks coach the reason that Amar'e is fitting in so well to the system. I think that Amar'e is making quite the case for himself to be the MVP; he did quite well against Dwight Howard the other night and Howard has a good defensive rep.

I personally prefer Wade to LeBron but that's me.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:22 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

I am not a Heat fan, and not really a LeBron or D-Wade fan..but I hope the Heat wins it all this year.  Just so all the "HATERS" and the critics who do nothing but hate on everything they don't agree with in the sports world, comes back to bite them right in the ace.  I would love that. 

Especially all of the "haters" on here, constantly talking trash about LeBron and saying he should have stayed in that garbage town known as Cleveland.  Question...how is that Cleveland team doing this year?  EXACTLY...the team supplied LeBron with garbage.



Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:52 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

maybe most valuable weener......



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2011 8:45 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

Just between these two, I don't think the "decision" will have as much as an effect as who is the best player on the team bit... with the "MVPS" with the other stud players like Shaq with Kobe, Jordan with Pippen, and Karl with Stockton we all knew who was the best player on those teams at the moment or who was "Batman and who was Robin" here, its really the Justice League with Batman and Superman, take your pick on who you like the best.... I think that it is mostly more of that then how it is portrayed in the story. You look at Durant and Westbrook (two great players) Durant is the man there, even though Westbrook proved he can carry the team when Durant is out... its really the not knowing of who's the go to guy on the team that hurts their chances...



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2011 7:31 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

At this stage of the game for both guys, the MVP award doesn't mean anything.  Its all about how many Finals MVP they will collect.  



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 2:59 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

I think this was pretty obvious. You can argue that the team is still a playoff team without either Wade or James. But the strongest consideration has to go to Derrick Rose followed by Amare Stoudamire. Those 2 teams would not be where they are now without their star players. That is what the MVP is about.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 2:59 am
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

I think this was pretty obvious. You can argue that the team is still a playoff team without either Wade or James. But the strongest consideration has to go to Derrick Rose followed by Amare Stoudamire. Those 2 teams would not be where they are now without their star players. That is what the MVP is about.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 9:23 pm
 

LeBron James says he, Wade won't win NBA MVP

Personally I don't think Wade is as much a no chance of winning trhe MVP as James is. That said there are more dersving candidates than either in my opinion.


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