(Globe) — When I placed my NBA MVP vote a few weeks ago, I knew I would be in the minority. I knew LeBron James was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth award because he unquestionably is the best player in the game. I voted for Carmelo Anthony based on his importance to the New York Knicks, who, if you haven’t been paying attention the past decade, have failed to be relevant. When the voting was announced Sunday afternoon, I was flabbergasted to learn I was the lone voter among 121 to not give LeBron a first-place vote, truly believing Anthony, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and perhaps even Kobe Bryant would snag a first-place vote or two. Firstly, when I submitted my vote in mid-April, I had no idea I would be the only voter to leave LeBron out of first. This isn’t Mrs. Wilson’s class, I don’t walk around asking fellow sportswriters their answers to the US History quiz. I had no idea whom the writers were voting for, so this was no LeBron conspiracy. Secondly, this isn’t the Best Player in the Game award, it’s the Most Valuable Player award, and I think what Anthony accomplished this season was worthy of my vote. He led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years.
Byahaha! Hey Lebron, suck it! Yeah it stinks getting knocked out of the playoffs. Yeah it stinks getting knocked out by New York. But this is a pretty solid consolation prize, right? “Boston denies Lebron of making history” is a decent headline whether it has anything to do with what happened on the court or not. The Heat must be absolutely thrilled we’re out because nobody has Lebron’s number like Boston does.
PS – Deadspin originally reported it was LeBatard who didn’t vote for Lebron and called him a hack troll who was just doing it for ratings. Turns out they were very wrong. Whoops! Guess that’s what separates us from them. Barstool always reports the facts. We never claim the wrong person is at fault and send the public on crazy manhunts witch-hunts.
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