Cavs’ Kevin Love speaks out on Lakers’ LeBron James losing MVP to Giannis Antetokounmpo
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love, who won the 2016 championship with Los Angeles Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James, has no problem with Milwaukee Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo winning the 2020 MVP award.
However, like James, Love doesn’t understand how LeBron only got 16 first-place votes.
“He’s like, ‘I probably wouldn’t have won it. But I deserve more first place votes,’ which I believe is true,” Kevin Love said about Lakers star LeBron James, via Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.
“And I think a lot of people would agree with that. Giannis, OK, he won the MVP for sure. Yeah. But I don’t think anybody’s debating that, but he deserved more first-place votes. But he, almost like Jordan The Last Dance. I watched it again when I got back here. I had the seven days (of quarantine). And he was like, anything that he could reach out and be like, ‘OK, I’m going to use that and be pissed off.’ And Bron even said he’s pissed off. So he’ll just use that as your motivation. And Bron never needs more motivation. But he finds a way to spring that out as much as he can.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second-straight MVP award in 2020. He’s also just the third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
Other than Lakers fans, no one really thought LeBron James deserved to win MVP since the Bucks had the best record in the NBA, Antetokounmpo’s second-best player (Khris Middleton) isn’t an All-NBA guy like Lakers power forward Anthony Davis and Giannis led the NBA in PER while averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists before the season was suspended in March (the NBA awards were based on stats players put up prior to the COVID-19 hiatus).
However, James certainly deserved more than 16 first-place votes, so look for the Lakers’ do-it-all swingman to continue to play angry in the 2020 playoffs.