Jun 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT
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.
- UPDATED Report: Timberwolves make push for Eric Bledsoe, Suns not interested in sign-and-trade talks 21
- LeBron James unveils latest signature shoe from Nike: The LEBRON 12 11
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Toronto Raptors 10
- Dwyane Wade credits David Stern’s dress code for improving his style 15
- Kevin Durant has grown close with Karl Malone 15
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers 5
- Steve Kerr said Danny Ferry made mistake but is a “man of high character” 33
- LeBron James on Kyrie Irving: “I believe Kyrie can be the best point guard in the league.” 25