Lakers’ LeBron James jokes Marc Gasol has his DPOY trophy
Marc Gasol, as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013, despite the fact that it might have been LeBron James’ best defensive season. Before coming to the Raptors and Lakers, Marc Gasol was a Memphis star.
It is a part of the historical record that Marc Gasol bested James, then with the Miami Heat, in the voting, earning 30 first-place votes compared to James’ 18. (Oklahoma City Thunder big Serge Ibaka and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah finished third and fourth on the ballot, respectively.)
Marc Gasol knows that 2013 was the best chance James has had to win the elusive award, which will likely end up as one of the few basketball accolades that James will not achieve during his illustrious career. James remembers.
In a clip from his upcoming appearance on the Road Trippin’ podcast on Spectrum Sportnet, James casually mentioned to hosts Allie Clifton and Richard Jefferson that Marc Gasol owns what should be in James’ house.
“Happy to have Marc (Gasol), another champion…who I’ve always loved. Marc has my Defensive Player of the Year trophy at his house. But that’s not here nor there. I love you Marc, I can’t wait to talk about this.”
"@MarcGasol has my Defensive POY trophy at his house but that's not here or there." 😂 @KingJames talks about his new teammates on tomorrow night's @RoadTrippinPod at 8 PM on Spectrum SportsNet. 🍷 @RealAClifton @Rjeff24 pic.twitter.com/6dg4hCUFN7
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) December 1, 2020
James was irked about the voting with Marc Gasol back in 2013.
“It sucks,” James told the Palm Beach Post. “It sucks. It sucks…Finishing second? Who wants to finish second?… I mean, I guard everybody on the floor. I don’t know if there’s one player in NBA history who’s guarded one through five (positions). It’s over with now, but that’s cool.”
James posted better traditional defensive stats than Marc Gasol in 2013 and generated nightly highlights with chasedown blocks and by turning steals into transition opportunities. Many of the newly popularized advanced metrics, however, communicated that Gasol was the most valuable defensive player in basketball due to his expert positioning.
Lakers fans know that Gasol signed a two-year deal with the defending champions last week.