Just a day after torching the Boston Celtics for 35 points in game one of the second round of the playoffs, King James headed home to Akron, Ohio to claim his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award.
LeBron received a total of 1,205 points, including 116 first-place votes out of a possible 122, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. His 94% first-place votes ranked second in NBA history behind only Shaquille O’Neal after the 1999-2000 season. Personally, though, I can’t imagine why the vote was not unanimous. Nobody in the league played at the same level as LeBron James did this season – no doubt about it.
In winning the award for two consecutive seasons, James joined a class of only 10 other players to accomplish the feat: Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Rusell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steven Nash.
For the official Cavaliers’ press release, click here.
On a side note, Mike Brown showed up to the ceremony completely underdressed as he was wearing shorts, a collared shirt and a sweater vest But after getting made fun of by Majority Owner Dan Gilbert, Brown made sure to show the crowd his fresh LeBron kicks. Classic Mike Brown.
The newly crowned MVP will take the floor again on Monday night for game two against the Boston Celtics. Cleveland leads the series 1-0 and, when playing well, had the Celtics lost and confused on both ends of the floor. I’m anxious to see if they can put together 48 solid minutes. If they do that, it could be a long game for the Celtics…and a short series.