Kevin Durant certain LeBron James wouldn’t accept Finals MVP as loser
LeBron James has had perhaps the most impactful performance of his playoff career throughout this 2018 postseason. He’s doing so again in The Finals against the Warriors, nearly triple-doubling in every game while trying to give his Cleveland Cavaliers a fighting chance in this series, who are now faced with a 3-0 deficit and at the brink of elimination.
Some have argued James could garner the Finals MVP award, which has not been given to a losing player since the award was first inaugurated in 1969, earned by Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West. Yet, Kevin Durant gave signs that James wouldn’t flaunt the award if it came in a losing effort.
“I’m sure LeBron wouldn’t accept that,” said Kevin Durant, when faced with the possibility of James winning Finals MVP as a member of a losing team, according to Connor LeTourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle. “I mean, he’s a winner.”
James already has three Finals MVP awards to his name (2012, 2013, 2016), but if he were to earn the honors, it would be the lone award that would be marked with an asterisk at the end of his career, becoming only the second player to ever earn the award in such way.
Durant’s words speak to James’ competitiveness, but the possibility of that taking place, when it hasn’t in 49 years, is very, very low.
Though James would be the clear choice statistically, having carried an unreal load the entire season, unfortunately he is without enough support to warrant a fighting chance against a stacked Warriors team.