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.
- Metta World Peace says Howard isn’t going anywhere because he has a hold on his… um… those 16
- In praise of the brilliant, baffling Manu Ginobili 20
- If Doc is out, who is in for Celtics? Maybe Del Negro, Frank 15
- Where does Celtics’ Rivers, Garnett trade to Clippers stand? They’re talking. 28
- Boris Diaw’s defense slowed LeBron down. I know, right? 26
- Lakers unlikely to sign and trade Dwight Howard to the Clippers, Rockets, or anyone else (81)
- LeBron James: “I just have to play better” (77)
- Heat’s Big Three dominate Game 4 to even the Finals at two games apiece (74)
- Report: Clippers, Celtics talks to send Garnett, Rivers to L.A. stalled (72)
- Reports: Jason Kidd finalizes deal, will be Nets new coach (62)
- Bruins stymie Blackhawks, take Game 3
- Survival and heartbreak at US Open
- Protesters back in streets of Brazilian cities
- Radio hosts fired for mocking ex-NFL player with ALS
- Posnanski: More Open heartbreak for Mickelson
- PHT: Bruins go 'above and beyond' in Gm. 3
- PHT: Hossa day to day with upper-body injury