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LeBron in line to join select group of all-time greats if he wins fourth MVP

Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

David Stern, LeBron James

LeBron James is favored by most to win the MVP award for his other-worldy play he’s displayed over the course of this season.

Despite the stellar performances we’ve seen from Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, no one has been as dominant as James, and honestly, it’s not that close.

If James comes away with the trophy as expected, it’ll be the fourth of his career after 10 NBA seasons.

That would put him in some fairly elite company, and James is humbled by the fact that he’d be cemented alongside some of the league’s all-time greats.

From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

Only four men have won four MVP awards, and some believe they are the four greatest players ever. They are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four).

“Anytime I’m mentioned with the greatest players to play the game or people period, it is a wow factor because I grew up and studied those guys and watched those guys, and a few of those guys were my inspiration growing up,’’ James said.

Of course, all of those guys have many more championships than James does at this stage of his career. But the way he and his teammates have been playing, his second in as many seasons might be only a couple of months away.

  1. 13arod - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    i will get more then 6 mvp’s

    • WatchThis - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      If anyone doesn’t flat out enjoy watching Lebron dominate, they just don’t like basketball. Period.

  2. dalucks - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Definitely given and not earned

    • dacapt704 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      You should be banned permanently from this blog for that comment…

      28/8/7 shooting 50%…no, those aren’t MVP numbers at all *moron*

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Its the closest anyones gonna get to averaging a triple double for a season..

        Plus u forgot to mention he can also play and guard all 5 positions and is a top 3 defender every year

      • WatchThis - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        I wish these nbc blogs used facebook comments, so you could permanently block these chicks.

  3. money2long - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    which team has faced more adversity this season, the knicks or heat? hmm

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      What are you even talking about?

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      lakers

  4. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I wonder what the over/under is on how many rings he will get..

    I would bet his haters wouldnt bet on the under unless they want to lose

    What we are seeing is legendary, quit hating and appreciate what he is doing and has yet to do, the man is a beast

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Much like LeBron, I’m giving my thumb a rest from commenting on PBT until the playoffs. I’m out with de quervain’s syndrome. Listed day to day.

    • packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Thank goodness.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Nooooooo! We need you, man! Cantonbound is out of control, trolling all the Heat articles.

  6. namaths5thofwhiskey - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    dalucks
    Apr 7, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT
    Definitely given and not earned

    You sir are an idiot.

  7. 13arod - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    he is one of the best who played the nba

    • money2long - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      really ? lol

  8. sdelmonte - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Can we ask him to remove his name from consideration and do the “MVP Besides LeBron Award” for a few years? It could get like hockey was in the the Gretzky Era.

    • juanandonly24 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      They’d probably be doing that already if he’d won the year Rose won

    • juanandonly24 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Hell, they DID do that when Rose won his MVP (not a diss at Rose, but the media had it out for LeBron that year)

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      UEFA actually has a non-Messi division for their Player of the Week.

  9. yousuxxors - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    hate the heat but love lebron. if the Knicks don’t win it, I hope its him which it most likely is. one of the greatest ever and its a joy watching him play.

  10. funktron2x - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Less than likely. What it comes down to is that he’s not on that hater’s team and/or the massive pub he gets means less for someone that hater likes better. There is no rationality for dissing lbj. And that’s humanity for you.

  11. cjispro - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Of course, all of those guys have many more championships than James does at this stage of his career.

    Wilt has 2 championships, not MANY more than LeBron James, just one more. He was great, just not head and shoulders above LeBron by any means in terms of rings.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      I agree. Wilt was overrated. Nobody can deny how dominant he was but his playoff stats are nothing like his regular season stats and he just couldn’t deliver in the biggest games. Worst of all he was obsessed with his own statistics. He led the league in assists one year because he wanted to. He also never fouled out of a game. You’re telling me a guy who stopped playing defense when he got 4-5 fouls is one of the greatest of all time? That’s laughable.

  12. lemfax - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Agreed

  13. badintent - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    somewhere Dan Gilbert is slamming his head into a wall…………………………………………….

  14. enricobriano - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Reblogged this on Blog di test.

  15. mrfloydpink - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Excellent! Another fawning LeBron James article from PBT. It’s been too long since the last one–at least 12 hours.

    • Distinguished Male - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Yeah, I hate it when sports sites talk about the best the sport has to offer. I’m like, dude! Why aren’t have having article after article about Mike Dunleavy already! What’s the latest on Darko?! You slacking, PBT!

  16. tmatic74 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    If he wins?

  17. matjaz.jan - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    He has already won it.

  18. loungefly74 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    well deserved. not much else to say…the guy is hands down the best player in the league.

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