LeBron not bothered by early end to MVP race

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LeBron James was playing his best basketball of the season when the coronavirus pandemic put the NBA schedule on hold and the Los Angeles Lakers still had 19 games left to play.

With the NBA set to restart in Orlando, Florida, next week with 22 teams instead of all 30, the league determined that voters for its season awards should consider only games played up through March 11 to choose the winners.

In other words: Pencils down, test time’s over. James won’t have a chance to continue to make a case for what would be his fifth MVP trophy, should he win it for 2019-20.

The Lakers star said Monday he’s OK with that.

“I’m not disappointed because things happen,” James said. “You control what you can control, and I can’t control that. As far as the MVP race, I think that I’ve shown what I’m capable of doing. Not only individually but from a team’s perspective, us being No. 1 in the West.”

The Lakers’ place in the Western Conference standings is a particular point of pride for James. He spent the firs

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