At the time, LeBron publicly brushed off missing the distinction.
LeBron, via Michael Wallace of ESPN:
“It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote,” James said during Sunday’s award ceremony at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I know the history between the Heat and the Knicks. So I get it.”
“I tried harder to win Defensive Player of the Year than I did MVP,” James said. “That’s my goal. Coach (Erik Spoelstra) had me guarding every position. We’ll try again next year.”
The vote came from Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn, who voted for Carmelo Anthony.
And LeBron cared more than he let on.
LeBron, via Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
“I was heated,” James said when I asked him. “But I knew all along [I wasn’t getting a unanimous vote]. I just knew it.”
“It just pushed me harder,” James said. “That’s all. It motivated me further.”
LeBron – who said Curry deserved his honor this year – cares about his legacy, and that includes MVP voting.
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