“Not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP, but that pissed me off,” he said after the Lakers’ Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets Friday, courtesy of The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver. “I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship (and) now four times as the MVP. Like I said, I never came into this league saying ‘Let me be MVP or be a champion.’
“I just want to get better and better every single day and those things will take care of itself. But some things (are) just out of my hands and some things you can’t control. But it pissed me off.”
The NBA’s annual awards are voted on by a panel of 100 media members plus one additional fan vote.
James received just 16 first-place votes for a total of 753 points. Antetoko