Refresh  
  Page last updated on Fri May 27 14:11:11 EDT 2016
TOP NEWS
LEBRON JAMES NAMED MVP OF THE SEASON
Mon, 06 May 2013 10:12 AM EDT

After picking up his 4th MVP trophy, Miami Heat star LeBron James gained a new appreciation for the rivalry his team has with the Knicks.

James, 28, became the youngest player in NBA history to win 4 MVP after receiving 120 of 121 first-place votes by league media members and analysts. The lone other 1st-place vote went to N.Y Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

It was the 2nd time a player fell one vote short of an unanimous MVP selection, with Shaquille O’Neal also receiving 120 of 121 1st-place votes in 1999-2000.

“It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote,” James said during Sunday’s award ceremony at American Airlines Arena. “I know the history between the Heat and the Knicks. So I get it.”

A league spokesman asserted the NBA does not release the names of award voters or their ballots. But coming up short of a unanimous selection failed to overshadow a historic achievement for James, who joined Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the sole players in NBA history to win at least 4 MVP awards.

James also joined Russell as the only players to win the award 4 times in 5 seasons. And it was the 3rd MVP trophy James has collected in the span of 12 months. After winning the MVP last season May, James stated that he would trade in his 3rd Maurice Podoloff trophy for a 1st championship. Two months later on he led the Heat to a title and was named Finals MVP after beating the Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant finished second to James in MVP voting for the 2nd straight year, with Anthony 3rd, Chris Paul 4th and Kobe Bryant 5th in votes.

James is coming off the most effective season he’s ever had after shooting a career-high 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 26.8 points, a career-high 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.

Now, James has his sights set on another evasive honor: Defensive Player of the Year. James was upset 2 weeks ago when he came 2nd for the second time in his career for that distinction. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named defensive player of the year.

“I tried hard to win defensive player of the year than I did MVP,” James related. “That’s my goal. Coach (Erik Spoelstra) had me guarding every position. We’ll try again next year.” NFL betting lines

But before that, James will try help the Heat defend their title when they open Game 1 of their 2nd-round series against the Bulls. The Heat haven’t played since they finished a 4-game sweep of the Bucks on May 28 in the opening round.

“I’ve been anxious for a while,” James asserted. “But I’m just excited to get back to basketball right now.”

Perhaps the highest praise for James came from Heat president Pat Riley, who started the ceremony by saying he has been round the NBA game for virtually 50 years as a player, coach, director or front-office executive.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASEBALL 4/3/2016 - 6/4/2016
BASKETBALL 3/8/2016 - 4/12/2016
HOCKEY 3/8/2016 - 4/9/2016
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Cleveland Cavaliers
2
Chicago Cubs
3
Chicago Cubs
4
Colorado Rockies
5
Toronto Raptors
05/27/2016
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSIMON, GILLES vs. TROICKI, VIKTOR06:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesHINGIS M / MIRZA S vs. HIBINO N / HOZUMI E06:15 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceCHARDY, JEREMY vs. WAWRINKA, STAN08:35 AM PST
MLBPhi Phillies vs Chi Cubs11:20 AM PST
Italy Lega AUMANA VENEZIA at EA7-EMPORIO ARMANI MILANO11:45 AM PST
France - Pro AAS MONACO at ASVEL LYON VILLEURBANNE12:00 PM PST
Spain - ACBUCAM MURCIA at REAL MADRID12:15 PM PST
Spain - ACBUNICAJA MALAGA at VALENCIA BASKET12:30 PM PST
MLBSTL CARDINALS vs Was Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBBos Red Sox vs Tor Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBLA Dodgers vs NY Mets4:10 PM PST
MLBBal Orioles vs Cle Indians4:10 PM PST
MLBNY Yankees vs TB Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBMia Marlins vs Atla Braves4:35 PM PST
MLBPit Pirates vs Tex Rangers5:05 PM PST
MLBCin Reds vs Mil Brewers5:10 PM PST
MLBChi White Sox vs KC Royals5:15 PM PST
NBAClev Cavaliers vs Tor Raptors5:35 PM PST
MLBSFO Giants vs Col Rockies5:40 PM PST
MLBSDG PADRES vs Ari Diamondbacks6:40 PM PST
MLBHou Astros vs LA Angels7:05 PM PST
MLBDet Tigers vs Oak Athletics7:05 PM PST
MLBMin Twins vs Sea Mariners7:10 PM PST
05/28/2016
MLBBOS RED SOX vs. TOR BLUE JAYS10:05 AM PST
MLBCHI WHITE SOX vs. KC ROYALS11:15 AM PST
MLBPHI PHILLIES vs. CHI CUBS11:20 AM PST
MLBDET TIGERS vs. OAK ATHLETICS1:05 PM PST
MLBMIA MARLINS vs. ATL BRAVES1:10 PM PST
MLBCIN REDS vs. MIL BREWERS1:10 PM PST
MLBSFO GIANTS vs. COL ROCKIES1:10 PM PST
MLBBAL ORIOLES vs. CLE INDIANS1:10 PM PST
MLBNY YANKEES vs. TB RAYS1:10 PM PST
MLBLA DODGERS vs. NY METS4:15 PM PST
MLBSTL CARDINALS vs. WAS NATIONALS4:15 PM PST
MLBPIT PIRATES vs. TEX RANGERS4:15 PM PST
NBAGST WARRIORS vs OKC THUNDER6:00 PM PST
MLBHOU ASTROS vs. LA ANGELS7:05 PM PST
MLBSDG PADRES vs ARI DIAMONDBACKS7:10 PM PST
MLBMIN TWINS vs. SEA MARINERS7:10 PM PST

x