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Kevin Durant says LeBron James should win MVP

Apr 23, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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Somehow I can see people trying to spin this into another sign that Kevin Durant walks on water and LeBron James is a horrible person, but here it goes.

The MVP race is down to James and Durant — and Durant think LeBron should win it, he told the Oklahoman.

“He deserves all the love (for MVP),” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “He’s playing phenomenal basketball. I’m just trying to get better every single game and trying to help my team as much as I can. I’m just blessed to be in that conversation.”

Both Durant and LeBron have had fantastic seasons on the offensive end. LeBron is scoring 26.9 points per game on 52.8 percent shooting, with 8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Durant is at 27.8 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting with 7.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. To me the difference is that LeBron contributes more on the defensive end for his team.

If you want a candidate outside those two, Tony Parker and Chris Paul should have their names in the conversation. It’s not happening but they should.

As for my first paragraph comment, I’ll just say this — after the Thunder lost to the Clippers last week the team flew to Arizona and had the next day off. Durant wanted to blow off steam and tweeted a photo and comment about being at a casino there at five in the morning. The general reaction? No biggie, he’s just blowing off steam. Which is true and fine. But if that had been LeBron in the exact same situation…

  1. jumbossportsblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • therealhtj - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      C’mon Kurt. Can you just ban this idiot already?

      • Justin - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Chill dude he is just reposting this story on his blog because he likes it. Does it really bother you that much?

  2. jeffw - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    He’s right LBJ is the MVP this year. Kurt’s analysis is right on as well! LBJ is just one of those athletes that people will always love to hate…

    • sasquash20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM

      That is because when the pressure is on he folds. Not hating just stating the truth.

  3. soopreme - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    CASE CLOSED !!!!!!!!
    NBA 2011-12 Most Valuable Player goes to

    JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      I’d still like to go back in time and slap around the Orlando PA announcer for starting this crap back in the day.

      Do we really need some schmuck yelling


      Oh, and I’d buy a share or two of Apple.

    • jrod321 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:11 AM

      Is there any room on Lebron’s nuts for anyone else???? Appears you are taking up all the available space………………………enjoy

  4. twtwigg - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Ughhhhhh. Durant, all the way. Heat would still win without Lebron. OKC would be lacking without Durant. I know, I know, we’re not talking about TEAM MVP, but Durant still deserves it.

    • bils293 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      okc is more stacked then miami for sure..and d-wades missed a big chunk of games this season. i guarantee okc would win more games without durant then miami would without lebron

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        I think you’re lying!

  5. redbullenergydrink - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I’ll just say this — after the Thunder lost to the Clippers last week the team flew to Arizona and had the next day off. Durant wanted to blow off steam and tweeted a photo and comment about being at a casino there at five in the morning. The general reaction? No biggie, he’s just blowing off steam. Which is true and fine. But if that had been LeBron in the exact same situation…
    HAHAHAHA. Sooo true.

    • jrod321 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:10 AM

      It’s because Le-Bron wanted to be famous…………………and now he is. He’s an ass, and people like disliking him. So yes, if he did the same thing………………

      • redbullenergydrink - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        So what has he done to you personally that has gotten you to hate him so much?

  6. highscoring - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    bulls fan and used to be a kobe hater, but where is the love for kobe in the MVP race? new coach, got hella miles on those legs and he comes out and leads the league in scoring wire to wire and has his team playing great ball and in position to make another run despite having a weaker team then years passed. not saying he should win but definately should be in consideration

    • redbullenergydrink - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      I think his name will always be thrown into the pot but he’s no where close to Durant or LBJ this season.

  7. dysraw1 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    ever since the playoff rivals 80’s& 90’s against my knicks i have hated the Heat and even though i was appalled at LBJ’s lack of loyalty to his home town, it is true he is the mvp. now excuse me i gotta go an shoot myself

  8. jruc - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    He said he deserves the LOVE….As in the same love he is getting himself also!

  9. tiderinsider10 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    lebron should win it without a doubt. he is the most hated on man in the nba. he has had several game winners as of late several games where he completely dominates the final quarter but all goes without much ado. he has stastically been 1 or 2 in clutch performers the last 5 years even with the meltdown in finals. even tho people forget what he did the series before agaimst the bulls. one bad game and its blared all over and talked about in every forum. this year numbers dont lie.

  10. uhemi - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Thanks Durant, but we already knew he should win the MVP

  11. gopokes0714 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    When did he say James should win? I thought he said James deserved the credit (of being considered) and Durant was humble about his own play.

    The media forever trying to make something out of nothing. tell me what do journalist get when they sell their souls?

    Truth be told, I don’t care who wins. You can’t put the MVP trophy around your finger.

  12. lakerluver - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    To quote Dennis Geeen, “You wanna crown him, crown his arse!!” As far as I’m concerned he can win the next 10 MVP’s. But who wants to be known for winning the most MVP’s without a championship? Right now LBJ’s tied with Nash. After this season he’ll be all alone.

    • boobcok - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Why does everyone forget Karl Malone? Btw Nash is the only MVP to never even play in the finals. Tie that

  13. obijuan13 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Durant is just showing class at his young age. We need more good Basketball role models in the NBA that are team players and show maturity. I’m a Lakers fan and it still blows my mind when Bynum acts like he acts, and he is not the only one. KD All the way!

  14. jimeejohnson - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Give Durant credit: he’s a humble superstar.

    • kinggw - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      You dont know that. Just because he says the right things after the game doesnt mean anything. People think they know these guys because you get a 30 second soundbite after a victory. Durant seems like a good guy, but there is a difference between his public persona and his true personality. People previously put Kobe and Lebron on pedestals only to have them fall when they didnt live up to their unrealistic expectations.

  15. buffalowned - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    gotta love how humble durant is. he just works hard and steadily improves every year. but there is no question lebron is the mvp this year, anyone who argues this is just a hater

  16. ezmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Look it up. The reg season MVP never wins a title that year lol. I’d vote for James if I was Durant or any other MVP candidate.

    • buffalowned - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      13 out of the last 40 boss…wouldn’t exactly consider that “never”

  17. ezmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Unless your name is Jordan

    • buffalowned - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      duncan olajuwan magic malone….no one would be surprised if lebron won both. you’re ignorant

  18. marlin1894 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM


    It’s silly to tell people who have just read the article that they can read it somewhere else too. It’s a little bothersome.

  19. jrod321 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Lebron James (after watching his unsportsmanlike conduct against Chicago) is a Jack leg. Though he and DWade will experience really hot shower scenes together, they will NEVER when a championship together

  20. abchome - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I wouldn’t want this MVP if I were LBJ. Don’t want to be the only 3 times MVP without a title in league history.

  21. omniusprime - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Durant isn’t that bright and Queen James doesn’t deserve to be MVP, never has. Kobe Bryant deserves the MVP this year because he has had the most to overcome. Kobe had to start the season with an injury, a new idiot coach, a new lesser lineup and yet despite all those obstacles Kobe has brought the Lakers to the end of the season in far better shape than any thought possible. Durant couldn’t even keep the Thunder ahead of the ancient Spurs and Queen James couldn’t get the Heat past the Bulls. Kobe deserves the MVP this year for certain!

    • buffalowned - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      i wonder what team you like…..

  22. sasquash20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Regular season MVP LeBron. Finals MVP not LeBron

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