“I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results. You know, that’s not taking anything from anyone that’s ever won the award.'”
“Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 (shooting percentages from the free-throw line, field and 3-pointers), and they won 73 (games). So, I don’t, do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most ‘valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”
In fairness, he is actually right for once. Steph Curry had one of the best seasons of all time for a team that had the best record of all time, but without LeBron the Cavaliers would have been - well - exactly what the Cavaliers are every time LeBron runs away to a new city chasing a championship. So yes, he is the technically the player that is most valuable to his team. He doesn't want any pats on the back though. It's not likes he think he should have won the award or something. He just wants to change the age old name of the award so there is no confusion. It might be kind of inconvenient, but is it really too much to ask? Sure, the whole world has pretty much already accepted that 'MVP' really just means 'Best Player', but is it really fair to the world 'valuable' to devalue it semantically? This isn't about LeBron feeling slighted after not receiving a single first place vote, this is about restoring the integrity of the English language. If we are being honest, it's a pretty honorable cause for someone that really never really had to worry about getting a formal education.
In a weird way I think I have to give credit to LeBron here. He has to know that - right or wrong - he's going to get criticized to the moon and back for discussing the true meaning of the 'MVP' award. If he had an ounce of self control he would have just congratulated Steph Curry and moved on to the next question, but he literally can't go without giving his earnest opinion. You see him bouncing around like he either was about piss himself or have a seizure? It's like his body was rejecting the idea of internalizing a thought, and forced his mouth to say what was on his mind. Doesn't matter if it makes him look spiteful, petty, or jealous, LeBron will always tell you what he's thinking and there is something to be said for that amount of candor.