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LeBron James admits Kevin Durant deserves MVP

Kevin DurantLeBron James has taken home the NBA MVP award the last two seasons, and he certainly deserved it each time. This year, however, it would be tough to make an argument that he deserves a third straight over Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is having the best season of his career, averaging a career-high 32.0 points and 5.5. assists per game.

Even LeBron knows it would be difficult for him to make a case for the MVP over Durant.

“I would say he’s the most consistent basketball player as far as the MVP this year, man,” James said Wednesday, via ESPN.com’s Miami Heat Index. “He’s put up some great numbers.”

Anytime you do something Michael Jordan didn’t do, you’re probably having a legendary season. Durant passed Jordan’s mark of most consecutive games with at least 25 points this month when he dropped 25-plus in 41 consecutive games. Durant is a three-time NBA scoring champion but is still searching for his first MVP.

“I think KD has had one heck of a season,” LeBron added. “And, you know, if he’s rewarded with the MVP, it would be great. It would be awesome for him, for his family. He’s played MVP-type basketball. I don’t really get caught up into what people say. At the end of the day, they have their own votes and they go from there.”

Durant is also averaging 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game to go along with his career highs in points and assists. LeBron is averging 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, which is a slight decrease from his MVP seasons.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Durant’s 2013-2014 season is that he has kept the Thunder near the top of the Western Conference despite Russell Westbrook appearing in just 43 games. He has carried Oklahoma City through the regular season, and the numbers reflect that. The hardware should, too.

LeBron James dismisses question about Nets being biggest competition (Video)

LeBron-James-interviewThe Brooklyn Nets completed a season sweep of Miami Heat on Tuesday night, defeating the Eastern Conference leaders for the fourth time this season. LeBron James seems to think that is a coincidence.

After the game, TNT’s Craig Sager asked LeBron if the Nets are the Heat’s biggest challenge in the East. King James seemed borderline offended by the question.

“Get outta here, Craig,” he muttered while laughing sarcastically. “Next question.”

Brooklyn officially has all the bulletin board material it should need when the postseason begins. The Nets are currently the No. 5 seed in the East, and it looks like they could stay there with three games separating them and the No. 6 seed Washington Wizards. There are five games remaining in the regular season.

What does that mean? The Heat could, in theory, play the Nets in the second round of the playoffs if both teams advance. I don’t necessarily think four regular season games indicate that that there is some sort of matchup problem between Brooklyn and Miami, but the motivation will be there. I’m surprised LeBron disrespected the Nets like that.

Mason Plumlee denies LeBron James at the rim to preserve victory (Video)

mason-plumlee-lebron-jamesThe Brooklyn Nets left American Airlines Arena Tuesday night with an 88-87 victory over the Miami Heat. What people will be talking about on Wednesday is the way the game ended.

With five seconds remaining in regulation and the Heat down by one, LeBron James had the ball in a position you would expect him to score 99 times out of 100. This happened to be the one time he didn’t.

Mason Plumlee contested James’ dunk attempt and got just enough of the ball to cause the best player in the world not to convert the bucket.

It wasn’t the most emphatic of rejections. Plumlee didn’t get his entire hand on the ball. But, it counts as a block in the box score.

This will be one of those moments Mason Plumlee can tell people about later in life. He’ll probably leave out the part about his hand interlocking with James’ though.

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Photo via Twitter/Jose3030

LeBron James wears Pharrell ‘Happy’ hat after game

LeBron James Pharrell happy hat

LeBron James is not as bold with his fashion as say teammate Dwyane Wade, but he does step out of the box every once in a while.

Following the Miami Heat’s double-overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, James conducted his postgame interviews while wearing a hat similar to the one Pharrell wore to the Grammys. When asked about the hat, LeBron said he was wearing it because he’s “happy.”

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Below is the “Happy” music video in case you are so inclined:

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LeBron James not interested in playing with Kyrie Irving?

Kyrie IrvingNot that it would have ever happened, but there was a lot of chatter — mostly on Cleveland’s end — that LeBron James might return to the Cavaliers at some point.

The thinking was that the Cavs could have an attractive core to offer James since they already have a young, emerging point guard in Kyrie Irving. If they could add another strong player, they felt it might be enticing enough for James.

But it sounds like Kyrie would actually be a deterrent for LeBron.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst did an interview with Cavs the Blog and dished about Irving. He said Kyrie definitely does not want to be in Cleveland in the future, which is the same story we’ve been hearing. He also said James would not want to play with Kyrie.

And the other thing is: if the Cavs ever dream of having LeBron, it’s not going to be with Kyrie there. LeBron and Kyrie have drifted apart in the last few years, even to the point that if the Cavs wanted to get LeBron they would maybe trade Kyrie for someone who would fit better with LeBron. And I’m not making that up. That line of thinking was not originated by me. That’s just the truth.

Windhorst also shared his personal feelings about Irving, saying the young point guard has disappointed him with his immaturity.

This certainly is very interesting. It seemed for a long time that Irving was going to be a building block for the Cavs turning things around, but that story is changing. He needs a better coach, execs and players surrounding him on that team. Or maybe he just should leave like he may be planning.

H/T Waiting for Next Year

Paul George dunks on LeBron James while mic’d up (Video)

Paul-George-dunks-on-LeBronPaul George provided us with one of the best highlights of Wednesday night’s heavyweight bout between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat when he dunked on LeBron James. George went coast-to-coast in the fourth quarter with Indiana trailing by three and took it right past LeBron for the slam.

The best part about the play? George was mic’d up, so we literally got a chance to hear what it sounds like when LeBron gets dunked on. The Pacers held off the Heat down the stretch and won a defensive struggle by a score of 84-83. We fully expect these two teams to meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals.

H/T Deadspin

You would think the Cavaliers would know how to spell LeBron James’ name by now …

How is it possible that someone working for the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn’t know how to spell LeBron James’ name? Do they have internet commenters working the scoreboard or something? I mean the guy only spent half his career in Cleveland and is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, but no expectations or anything.

And for those wondering if this was some personal thing against LeBron, take a look at how they misspelled Anderson Varejao’s name:

Looks like it’s a spelling problem, not an anti-LeBron problem.

James probably took notice and was motivated to go for a personal-best 25 in the first quarter. He’s such a monster.

H/T Eye on Basketball