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LeBron James disappointed at losing out on DPOY title: ‘It sucks’

4/26/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Miami Heat forward finished second in balloting for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year title this season, landing in a familiar spot for the second-time in his decorated career. However, since LeBron James aims for even further improvement at this level, as evidenced by his insane shooting percentages this season, the reigning NBA MVP didn’t hold back his feeling while voicing his disappointment over repeating second for the DPOY title (following a run in 2009).
 
"It sucks," said LeBron James on Thursday. "It definitely sucks, though, finishing second. Who wants to finish second?"
 
The Memphis Grizzlies bigman Marc Gasol won 30-first place votes to land the DPOY title this season, after finishing with 212 points. LeBron James pulled in 12 first-place votes less than Marc Gasol to settle for the second place, and ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
 
Marc Gasol was a fine choice for the DPOY title considering he averaged 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and one steal, while leading a Memphis Grizzlies defense that finished seventh in the league with 88.7 points allowed per game.
 
LeBron James is also known for his premier defensive ability, and wasn’t way-off when 28-year-old stopped short of saying he probably put together the best defensive effort of his career this season. After all, LeBron James posted career-highs in defensive rebounds (6.8) and overall rebounds (8.0), along with 1.7 steals and 1 block per game in the 2012-13 season. But what seemed to be tipping the scales for Marc Gasol was that the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to do significantly better defensively (6.8 points per 100 possessions)when Gasol was on the floor.
 
 Still LeBron James believed his defensive talent stands apart from the rest of the league and possibly through past NBA history as well.
 
"I guard everybody on the floor," said LeBron James. "I don't know if it's one player in NBA history that's guarded 1 (point guards) through 5 (centers). It's over with now, but it's cool."
 
It can be argued the same versatility, is also his LeBron James’ curse since defensive impact is lost between his willingness to take up any assignment the Miami Heat throw his way.
 
"I have to know all the likes and dislikes, pros and cons, of each and every player in this league because at some point, I'm going to be matched up with them," said LeBron James. "It's a challenge for me mentally and physically."
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