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Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Surprised LeBron James Didn’t Win MVP

Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Surprised LeBron James Didn’t Win MVP

Earlier today, the NBA announced the MVP of the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won the award, and now has two have back-to-back MVPs, the first to do it since Stephen Curry. But many still believe Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James deserved it instead.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he was surprised that his star player was snubbed of the honor.

“A little bit (surprised),” Vogel said. “You guys all know how I feel about it. To me, he’s the MVP of the league this year. No disrespect to Giannis. Giannis had a great season. He’s a great player. What LeBron does for our team, to me, is unparalleled.” 

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: LeBron James
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and the Lakers focused on the bigger accolades

Vogel then continued about how LeBron has impacted the team, beyond just scoring or assisting. He added that currently, LeBron and the Lakers are just focused on the championship.

“To carry the threat of going for 40 at any point, but leading the league in assists, and quarterbacking our defense, and driving our team to as many wins as we’ve had and our playoff success; to me, he’s our MVP.

“I understand how the voting goes and, quite frankly, our whole group — and I’m sure LeBron would echo this — is focused on something bigger than any individual accolades. We have a mindset to compete for a championship. We’re in a position where we’re down to four teams, and that’s really where our whole focus is.”

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: Lakers team huddle
The Los Angeles Lakers talk after a play against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers start Game 1 with a win

Back in the Conference Finals for the first time in a decade, the Lakers have started the series with a dominant win. This is their first Game 1 in the playoffs so far. Will this signal a sweep? Or will this be another Denver comeback?

LeBron has been leading his team in the Playoffs with an inspired performance so far. During Game 1 against the Nuggets, he took a step back with scoring but was dictating the play, notching 12 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: LeBron James
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have to be careful and cannot get complacent. The Nuggets have shown their quality after beating the Clippers and will be back in Game 2 with revenge on their mind.

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