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LeBron James says Kevin Durant deserves to be MVP

May 5, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant will be announced as the NBA’s MVP later this week, the first win of the ward for KD.

The guy who will come in second is good with that.

As the Heat focus on their second round series against the Nets, LeBron James (he of the four NBA MVPs) told the Associated Press he is good with that.

“Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”

What else is he going to say?

You can make a case for LeBron if you want, and I’ll agree that peak LeBron James is better than peak Durant. LeBron is a better passer, a better defender, he has more versatility.

But Durant is right on his heels and more was asked of KD — with Russell Westbrook out the Thunder getting the second seed was all about the play of Durant. He averaged 32 points a game on 50.3 percent shooting, all drawing constant double teams.

Durant earned it. Even LeBron recognizes that.

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