LeBron James of the Miami Heat was happy to accept the third MVP trophy of his career this afternoon, but he made no secret of one thing that would make him even happier.
“It didn’t take another MVP trophy for me to want an NBA championship,” James said at his acceptance speech today in Miami, according to NBA.com. “I’d give all three back if I could win a championship.”
James easily won this year’s honors, earning 85 of 121 first-place votes to beat out Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker and others. Having averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game for the dominant Heat, he was an easy choice.
But the other thing LeBron did this season was turn 27, and he remains ringless in this, his ninth NBA season. The pressure is building as LeBron and the Heat take on the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, beginning tomorrow in Miami.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone are the only other players in NBA history to win three or more MVPs. All seven are Hall of Famers; they all also have at least one championship.