What I am about to say is actually a credit to the team that won 73 games and is on the precipice of back-to-back championships, because the Golden State Warriors are far too good to believe that any of their efforts in this series have been at all worthy of so much as a nomination. With the minor caveat being a Wilt Chamberlain-esque point total from one of Klay Thompson or Steph Curry in Game 7, LeBron James is your NBA Finals MVP. That's not an opinion, it's a fact. Whatever line of thinking you could possibly use to come to an alternate conclusion simply does not parallel rational thought. Generally I would agree that the losing team should never hoist an award, but that undoubtedly awkward moment would uphold the spirit of said award far better than giving it to any of the largely underwhelming players on the Warriors roster. I hate LeBron James as much as the next guy who despises self involved douchebags that haven't socially matured since high school, but even I can't justify letting his greatness go unrewarded. The things he has accomplished over the course of this series have been so incredible that they almost made forget -albeit temporarily - just how loathsome the person that is accomplishing them is when he decides to remind us of his personality.
It's not just that LeBron James has been, far and away, the premiere player on the floor for almost every minute of the last 6 games, it's that we have seen nothing but the worst of the members of the winningest team in basketball. It's not just that he is the best option, it's that these finals have suffered from a dire lack of even remotely comparable options. Who else could you possibly give Finals MVP to? Draymond Green? The guy whose fascination with male reproductive organs resulted in a long overdue suspension that turned the series around and could -potentially- cost his team a championship? Steph Curry? The guy whose second biggest contribution on the biggest stage his sport has to offer was a temper tantrum that was so laughable that it sent his wife careening off this planet in a fit of online hilarity ? Klay Thompson? The guy who let LeBron's name slip from his mouth in a disparaging way and almost immediately had it replaced with every inch of Kyrie Irving's manhood? Giving any of those players an individual award after their failure to live up to expectations (granted, absurdly high expectations) would actually depreciate the value of that award. Unless you are criminally overvaluing Shaun Livingston's 20 point effort in Game 1 then you can't deny that 2016 doesn't have an "Andre Iguodala" like 2015 did. If the Cavaliers outlandish turnaround continues tonight then this is a moot argument, but - as ridiculous as it sounds - if the Warriors make history on their home court they should still lose basketball's most notorious individual accolade going away. Not just because LeBron is doing things we have never seen before, but because Steph Curry and company are doing things we have never seen them do either - and not in a good way. If my hating ass can see that then the NBA certainly should.