LeBron James Shades Giannis Antetokounmpo Over MVP Award
October 7, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James lost the NBA MVP award to Milwaukee Bucks young talent Giannis Antetokounmpo. The three-time NBA champion finished second in the MVP voting. Giannis also beat out Anthony Davis for Defensive Player of the Year as he received 75 first-place votes out of 100.
LeBron believes that Davis should have won the award due to his incredible defensive game in the postseason.
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, Davis showed his defensive brilliance. Heat superstar Jimmy Butler came off a 40-point triple-double in Game 3. However, Butler scored 22 in Game 4.
“I tried to be locked into him,” Davis told media members after the win. “The last game he took over and imposed his will on the game and on both ends of the different floor. So we tried to give him a different look.”
Davis can guard and lock down Butler and other similar players. That’s what makes LeBron think that Davis deserves the DPOY award over Giannis.
Davis had an incredible performance after a low show in Game 3. He had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Davis was also a plus-17 and that’s best by far on the Lakers. The talented player slammed a clutch 3-pointer at the end of the contest.
“When I was in New Orleans, [Pelicans Coach] Alvin [Gentry] used to say it all the time, he used to preach defense,” Davis said. “I had the best offensive team. We would score 130 [points] and would never get past the second round because we didn’t play defense. You hear the cliché all the time, defense wins championships.”
LeBron is not worried about losing the MVP award to Giannis
LeBron, Davis, and the rest of the team are one win away from winning a title. King James and Davis have the perfect relationship and this helps LA win games.
“We know who we are. Know what we’re about. We want the best, seriously, every single day, both on and off the floor, for one another,” LeBron said. “We’re just not jealous of one another. I think that you align that with respect, I think the sky’s the limit.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.