Nick Young Believes LeBron James Deserves MVP after Lakers’ Lose to Pelicans in his Absence

Published 03/24/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


It seems like the Los Angeles Lakers are going to have to try harder to bag a win without LeBron James. Ever since Bron got sidelined after an ankle injury against the Atlanta Hawks, it has been just been downhill from there. In fact, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans is their third consecutive loss without him, and this has landed them on the fourth spot in the Western Conference with a 28-16 record.

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What does that say about the purple and gold? Well, that they can’t function without LBJ. Nick Young seems to think this goes to show why the superstar deserves the MVP award more than anyone else.

Lakers lost without LeBron James

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Unfortunately, the New Orleans Pelicans win over the Los Angeles Lakers marked the Pelicans’ first win against the purple and gold since Anthony Davis was traded off from their team to them in 2019. The under-manned Lakers lost to a team that entered this matchup with the twelfth spot in the West.

Without Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, and LeBron James, their losing streak continued. Their rivals hardly had any trouble scoring against the reigning champions and finished the game 128-111. Even though the Lakers had started with great energy, the Pelicans had an answer for every move they made.

By halftime, they were trailing by 12 points, and other than Montrezl Harrell, the Lakers were no threat offensively. This proves that there is no way the Lakers can grab their second straight title without Bron. And it only makes his case for the MVP award stronger, even as per Nick Young. After their loss, he posted on Twitter, “See why Bron should be MVP ..”

What his absence has taught us

When Davis went down because of his calf injury, it only seemed like an opportunity for Bron to carry the team to success as the lone hero. But who knew the injury plague will catch up to him too. Now that he is out indefinitely, his teammates are missing how easy he made the game for them.

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In his presence, the trio of Talen Horton-Tucker, Alex Caruso, and Kyle Kuzma seem to fit well together, but now they just look disjointed. In summary, Bron is the glue that holds them together.

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 28, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) sails in for a breakaway dunk against the Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The only thing the rest of the team can do is not let their position slide down further. The franchise will ease Bron’s return when he is ready, so that they can utilize him the best way possible in the postseason. Whether LeBron’s absence is going to ruin his case for the MVP award or make it better, only time will tell.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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