Jun 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EST
It was another of those too-much-time-for-questions moments at these NBA Finals.
Still two victories from an NBA title (which is as many victories as the Heat currently have), LeBron James was asked Tuesday morning if his legacy requires he be named Most Valuable Player of these Finals, as well.
Once again, in what is becoming a daily exercise, James deftly deflected the preposterous.
“That’s ridiculous,” he said. “I’m here to win. That’s all it’s about. Individual accolades take care of itself.
“I’ve got two MVP trophies sitting in my house back in Ohio and I haven’t won anything. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about a team game and this is the ultimate team prize right here, just trying to win the NBA championship.
“So I don’t really care. I could trade in my last two MVP trophies to have a ring. I don’t care about individual accolades to solidify myself in the NBA or whatever they’re talking about. It’s ridiculous.”
Of course, what also is ridiculous is how the NBA minimizes the first six weeks of these playoffs when it comes to the only individual honor left at this point.
Make no mistake, Dwyane Wade is MVP of the Finals for the Heat to this point.
But MVP of the playoffs?
James had a higher scoring average than Wade in the opening round against the 76ers (24.2-22.2) and a far higher average in the Eastern Conference finals against the Bulls (25.8-18.8), when Wade finished behind Chris Bosh as the Heat’s third-leading scorer over those five games.
Then we’d have a heck of a debate, even at this point, when it comes to the
The point being that the NBA needs to extend its “Finals” MVP trophy to “playoff” MVP.
Because of the MVP of playoffs for the Heat to this point has been . . .?
If the Heat hold on and win the series and LeBron doesn’t win MVP does it tarnish James’ accomplishment?
In his words, again, “It’s ridiculous.”
But also ridiculous is how the NBA limits individual postseason honors only to the first two weeks of June, and not what has been accomplished since mid-April.
- Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: “We want him to be 100 percent” for the playoffs 10
- Report: Free agent market for Jeff Green is as strong ‘if not stronger’ than it is for Rajon Rondo 16
- LeBron James: “We’re a very fragile team right now” 49
- Dwight Howard out vs. Mavericks Saturday, no timetable for his return 3
- If Derrick Rose not ready to return by Monday Bulls may add point guard to roster 12
- Another day, another Bulls injury: Taj Gibson out with sprained ankle 11
- Report: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook could return to Thunder lineup next week 11
- Kobe Bryant says he took large enough discount for Lakers to contend 55