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NBA star LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is facing accusations that he’s an “entitled, oblivious & narcissistic” brat over the “juvenile” anger he displayed after not being chosen as the first-place NBA MVP of the 2019-2020 season.
Instead, he wound up with the second-place spot.
Speaking with reporters Friday after Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was announced as this season’s MVP, James seethed with anger as he spoke of how “pissed” he felt over receiving so few votes from the judging panel.
“Pissed me off. That’s my true answer. It pissed me off, because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. That’s what pissed me off more than anything. You know, not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off. And I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as an MVP,” he complained.
“I never came into this league saying, ‘Let me be an MVP or be a champion.’ I’ve always said I just wanna get better and better every single day, and those things take care of themselves. There’s some things that are out of my hands, some things you just can’t control. But, it pissed me off.”
Yet for someone who “never came into” the league seeking to be MVP, he seemed unusually upset over being relegated to second place …
“It pissed me off.”
—LeBron on this year’s MVP voting pic.twitter.com/K2qTY2QaRS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 19, 2020
The MVP is reportedly chosen by a global panel of 100 media figures and one fan. Continuing his rant, James complained about them as well.
“The voting scale [they use] is a little weird to me sometimes. I mean, if you take 2012 — if you just stick with me here — 2012, 2013, I had a chance to be Defensive Player of the Year and also MVP on the same season. And that year Marc Gasol was rewarded as Defensive Player of the Year,” he said.
“But he made second-team All-Defense. So that doesn’t make sense. That’s like being the MVP of the league, but you make second team all NBA. That’s when I really started to look at things differently. Like, how does that make any sense?”
James then accused the judging panel of not even watching any NBA games.
“It’s a weird thing sometimes. I don’t know how much we are really watching the game of basketball, or are we just in the narration mode — the narrative.”
The NBA star certainly knows all about false narratives …
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) September 19, 2020
James later posted tweets about his second-place relegation.
🤣🤣16 out of 101 🗳! Ok cool! I got y’all.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 19, 2020
Exactly why I have my close circle cause as soon as you try to expand to a square the people who you thought was in your corner as the exact opposite. #MyThoughts👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 20, 2020
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 20, 2020
While the NBA star certainly has a plethora of fans who share this sentiment, he also has a number of detractors who find his attitude repulsive.
To them, it’s as if he thinks he’s “entitled” to the MVP spot:
LeBron whining like a little baby about MVP shows you how selfish, entitled, oblivious & narcissistic he is.
#1: He & his media schills literally spin narratives every day.
#2: Mad that HE didn’t get more 1st place votes & “Mr. Unselfish” didnt keep that same energy for A.D.
— Bruce Blitz (@BruceBlitz) September 19, 2020
Ur a pompous, spoiled brat. Should have just sent congrats to Giannis, but no, you had to make an even bigger fool of yourself.
— MakeMyDay (@Go_BullDawgs) September 19, 2020
Lmao @KingJames acting like a spoiled brat because you finished second?? I’m guessing you’ll come out and say it has something to do with “how out spoken you are” just because you are overpaid doesn’t mean you are the best 🤷♂️ #NBAPlayoffs #NBATwitter #BlackLivesMatter
— Michael (@michael456459) September 19, 2020
I mean, how much more of a spoiled, entitled brat can this guy be? Not everyone has to bow down to you LeBron! “King” was a nickname, dude! MJ is still the GOAT, always will be. Guy needs to get over himself.
— John J Gaul Jr (@JohnJGaulJr) September 19, 2020
How many nominees in NBA history has ever complained? I don’t watch a minute of any game because of you and your entitlement.
— Trace Ledet (@TraceLedet) September 20, 2020
Giannis was better in almost every category. To say you deserved the MVP over him is nothing but self-entitlement. Not that I’m surprised by that out of you. Biggest ego in the game.
— Sean Gannon (@seangannon44) September 19, 2020
Drop the sense of entitlement. You did not play as well on both ends of the floor and as consistently as Giannis. You didn’t even make the All-Defense team.
— Ada Cuellar (@spursforever8) September 19, 2020
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of additional tweets just like this.
The fact is James has a history of overestimating his skills and intelligence, as well as insulting those whom he erroneously believes are beneath him.
In 2017 he issued a statement disparaging President Donald Trump’s supporters as uneducated. Yet his statement was dripping with proof of his own lack of education.
— LORI HENDRY (@Lrihendry) September 27, 2017
The good news is that at least the NBA star was unable to trot out the race card this time, given as this year’s MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a black man just like him.
Otherwise, knowing James, he would have said something about race too.
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