LeBron James says the Heat weren't good enough to win the NBA MVP award

Once again, LeBron James will make headlines after people take him out of context

5/8/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan 29, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is pressured by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsAfter Kevin Durant won the NBA MVP award, people asked LeBron James his thoughts on the matter.

On one hand, it's a bit absurd to ask another player what he thinks about a regular season award while his team is in a playoff battle with a team who beat them 4 times in the regular season.

On the other hand, LeBron had won the past two MVP awards, and 4 of the last 5. If anyone knows about Durant's journey to the award, it's James.

His response was actually a rather good one, which encapsulates his priorities and what he really believes is the key to being the most valuable player in the league:
 
"I think I played well enough to win it, but I don't think our team played well enough to win it. We had too many up and down stretches throughout the season, and if my team's not winning, then I shouldn't be the MVP."

Some people, mostly those who are predisposed to hating LeBron and everything he does, took that to mean that LeBron was saying that his team failed him. They believe he's blaming them for not winning the award.

Au contraire.

LeBron isn't blaming his teammates at all. He's blaming himself.

His point wasn't that his teammates weren't good enough to get him the award. He's saying that his efforts didn't help his team consistently enough to earn him the award. He's also giving his teammates credit for his 4 previous awards.

LeBron is as team-first a player as anyone will ever be, almost to a fault. While some would try to make this seem like he's selfish and threw his teammates under the bus, it's quite the opposite.
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