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Report: LeBron James to be named NBA MVP

May 11, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

It’s not yet official, but this really isn’t a surprise either.

LeBron James is going to be named the NBA MVP, a source has told the Associated Press.

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami’s LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA’s MVP, the third time he’s won the award in the past four seasons.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the results have not been released. James is expected to be presented with the trophy Sunday by Commissioner David Stern before Miami hosts Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana.

LeBron was the clear frontrunner for the award after a fantastic statistical season, averaging 27.1 points while shooting 53.1 percent on the year, and he had a league-best PER of 30.7. Simply, he stepped up and took on a larger role on offense and defense for the Heat and still had a more efficient season.

This would be LeBron’s third MVP award. It’s an elite group, the only others to do that are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone.

I can hear LeBron’s haters now — it doesn’t matter until he wins a title. All the other people on that list have a title. That’s true for the public perception of him in this moment. But if (really, when) he wins one or two, these MVPs will be a strong part of his legacy as one of the all time elite players.

  1. asublimeday - May 12, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Kurt, can you post your educational background? Your bias is disgusting. Have some self respect and read a damn textbook on journalism.

    • southbeachtalent - May 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Yea, you show no bias at all..

  2. asublimeday - May 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    No white person is jealous of Lebron because, as Chris rock so amazingly put it, “you know how good it is to be white? Not one of you would trade places with me right now, and I’m rich!”


  3. ezmagic - May 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Im a lebron hater but I do know he is a great player. Durant should of won it tho… Kobe is better and MJ was much better. When Jordan won titles he didn’t have another superstar on his team. Pippen was a good player but not a Dwayne wade caliber player. MJ had some solid teammates but he made them better. Something James hasn’t been able to do.

    • newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      So let’s see; we got a Lebron hater and uneducated…lemme school you. You say Pippen wasn’t “Dwayne Wade” caliber: that’s a negative. In the eyes of the 90s, Pippen WAS a superstar. (in Jordan’s ABSENCE, goin to play baseball or whatever) Pippen led the bulls in all points, assists, rebounds and LED THE LEAGUE in steals: and he’s not a superstar? Won the NBA Championship AND Gold Olympics right along side Jordan; and also managed to be leading the team in some kind of major category right along with Jordan. Pippen made JORDAN better cause they didn’t start winning championships till he came. (yet I know Jordan is still the greatest of all time). And to still put up 19+ points a game when Jordan attempted SO many shots is still superstar quality seeing Pippen manged to be 1st Defensive Team 10x. Pippen made that team as well. And having a 2x champion join you (Rodman) who disrupted big men, makes you a superstar too. They beat Karl Malone TWICE for Godsakes. Jordan had SUPERstars. Last time i checked DWade only has 1 ring…and that’s wasn’t cause of Shaq?? But he still has one cause he played strong. But don’t insult pippen like that. He’s the greatest small forward

    • blueintown - May 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      You’re right. Scottie wasn’t a Dwayne Wade caliber player, he was a LeBron James caliber player in that he did everything: score, rebound, pass, block shots, steal, and guard five different positions on the floor. Scottie Pippen is not a “good” player, he’s one of the most versatile athlete’s the game has ever seen; Dennis Rodman is not a “good” player, he’s the greatest rebounder and one of the elite defenders of all time; Phil Jackson is not a “good” coach, he’s an eleven time champion with the highest winning percentage of any coach in history and took his team to the finals in thirteen of his twenty years as a coach.

      As far as LeBron not making his teammates better, if you can come up with a better explanation as to why the Cavs went from 61 wins in 2010 to 19 in 2011, I would love to hear it. Please enlighten me.

      If you don’t like LeBron because you think he is a tool, just say it. But don’t lie.

    • cullenand99 - May 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      That has got to be the stupidest thing I have ever read. LeBron is the reason Mo Williams has an All-Star appearance. The reason the Cavs got as far as they did was because of LeBron making his teammates better.

  4. jh4prez - May 12, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Im a team lebron guy buy didnt okc have the best record?it should have gone to kd

  5. sljmba - May 12, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    The Most Valuable Player wins this award. The Most Healthy, Well Coached, Diligent Team wins a Championship.

  6. florida727 - May 12, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    “The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the results have not been released.” This disclaimer always cracks me up. If you have to speak on “condition of anonymity”, then just shut the f— up, you’re not supposed to talk. You’re like a little girl. Can’t wait to tell everyone what you know.

    Anyway, I’m not a LeBron fan, but he should be congratulated. As an individual talent, he is up there with the best. The true test will be seeing how many championships he wins, which will define whether all he is, is an individual talent, or is he the kind of guy that can make others around him better. (Puts into perspective what guys like Russell, Jordan, Magic, Bird, etc., did.) Looks like this year, he is making others around him better too.

  7. jizzojames - May 12, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    STATISTICALLY can anyone tell me any other basketball player who’s better? I think the MVP award is severely overrated, and Lebron does play with 2 other current All-Stars but he is the BEST player in the NBA. It’s not Kobe, it’s not Durrant… Lebron James is the BEST player in the NBA!! I’m a Houston Rockets fan, and I even think Chris Paul is more valuable to his team than Lebron is to the Heat, but based off of the numbers and game play Lebron is this years regular season MVP!!

  8. lemfax - May 12, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    For me. Season MVP is much sweeter than the finals MVP.

  9. diablito0402 - May 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Hahaha way to defend your meal ticket kurt, 3 mvps no titles, ill remember him like i do karl malone, wait i dont remember karl malone, i only remember champions..

  10. sal11 - May 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    This is the world we live in, where what a guy does in the last :30 of a game is that much more important than what he does in the first 47:30. LeBron James is the best player in the world, and people tear him down because he does the same thing at the end of the game that he does in the second quarter. Rip the Decision, rip his bad commercials, rip his hairline, sure, I’m with you there! But there’s no denying he should have won this regular season MVP and probably a few more to come.

  11. omniusprime - May 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Another wasted MVP for Queen James, the most over rated player ever in the NBA. Kobe was far more valuable to the Lakers than Queen James was to the Heat this year. Plus Kobe had to endure so many injuries and too many head games about trades, plus have to listen to an idiot coach. Once again Kobe gets jobbed for an MVP because the dimwitted fools who do the MVP voting have their heads stuck in a place where the sun don’t shine! Go Kobe!! Go Lakers!!!!

  12. newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Okay for all of y’all “3 MVPs no titles” bs: know your history. Wilt Chamberlain and Moses DID NOT win a CHAMPIONSHIP till AFTER their 3 MVPs. Get off his nuts and let the man play. And speaking of choke artist, we used to speak of Dirk Nowitizki…hmmm.. He came around. The mans career is not over. Lebron got a lot more years to go.

  13. steelerswin6 - May 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    LeLoser will find a way to lose. He always does. Regular season doesn’t mean anything in the NBA.

  14. furio2929 - May 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Tony Parker had a hell of a year. He deserved MVP

  15. brettfavresjeans - May 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I just made this account to point out the fact that all of the people hating on LeBron are just reciting facts they have seen on ESPN

  16. nickbartlett12 - May 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    This should have been LeBron’s 5th MVP in a row. Check out why:

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