Ramona Shelburne admits she voted LeBron James for MVP because of the ‘narratives’
If the NBA Awards voting is based solely on the opinion of ESPN analyst Ramona Shelburne, Los Angeles Lakers superstar forward LeBron James would be this year’s league MVP.
Shelburne revealed on Tuesday that she indeed voted for James this time around, highlighting that she choose the Lakers superstar over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden — both of which have won the award in the past two seasons.
In an interesting turn of events though, Shelburne also noted that the “narratives” surrounding James and the Lakers ultimately led to her decision.
See it’s stuff like this that got the NBA ratings low pic.twitter.com/8zavqSO8EG
— Narrative based voter (@RetroBoominati) August 11, 2020
Although this is a bit of an odd reason for voting for a player for the NBA MVP Award, LeBron James is most certainly deserving of such an honor if he is eventually crowned as the MVP for the 2019-20 campaign.
Despite the fact that James is already one of the best players of all time, it appears as though the former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat standout has taken things up another notch this season. In his second go-round with the Lakers, King James led the heralded Western Conference franchise to a No. 1 seed in the West.
Even after more than 15 years atop the highest level, James continues to serve as an elite figure in the league — which may still be an understatement somehow.
After a disappointing season in 2018-19, one that saw James miss out on postseason play for the first time in what seems like a lifetime, things have surely been turned around for the Lakers in 2019-20.