NBA Legend Kevin Garnett Creates a Stir by Excluding Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James From His Top 5 MVP Picks

Published 01/03/2022, 1:34 AM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters


Throughout the years, Kevin Garnett hasn’t lost a single opportunity to comment on LeBron James, whether it is his performance or comparison with Michael Jordan. Garnett questions him and makes public comments, in the same way, every time. Recently, he has taken another opportunity to comment on James, notably through his list of MVPs.

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In his Instagram story, he included a list of his own top five MVPs, but James wasn’t on the list. Because of James’ injuries, his game is somewhat weakened, resulting in other players gaining more attention than James. It was, however, his next story, in which he mentioned: “RIP KING” that seemed to raise a few eyebrows.

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Garnett seems quite content to not have LeBron James listed as the MVP this year

Kevin Garnett, NBA Hall of Famer, has pretty much addressed everything concerning James. In his career, Garnett played 60 games against James. Consequently, James won 31 games and Garnett won the rest.

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Garnett retired in 2016. LeBron James continues to play and has maintained a phenomenal record despite his age. In the past, James has been injured numerous times, leaving him unable to deliver his best performance, but he still tries to recover, and give his best efforts.

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One of Garnett’s most famous comments involves comparing James and Jordan on the same slate. He mentioned to GQ during one of their conversations that he had given some credit to James, spoke about the respect he holds for him, and he said:

“He’s definitely said some crazy shit back to me. You’ve gotta have that in you to be able to have those shoulders to carry it. No man is perfect in this shit, and there ain’t no telltale book on how to do this shit. He’s done a great f—ing job. I just felt like it was only right to give him that respect.”

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According to his recent story, he explains the reason for not placing James’ name among the top five MVPs. As for Greek Freak, he mentions him but does not place him among the top five players. For James, he explains his reasoning by mentioning James’ age. We would like to hear what you think of Garnett’s recent social media stories.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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