(MIAMI) — Miami heat forward LeBron James is chasing his third MVP title.
If he were to lock up the third MVP, James would be just the eighth player in history to win it three times. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won three titles at a younger age than James, who turned 27 in December.
“It would mean a lot, honestly, it would mean a lot,” James said. “If I’m able to win it this year it would be very humbling knowing the caliber of guys who have won it three times. I remember me being a little, scrawny guy from Akron, Ohio, and watching so many greats either watching live or watching games, knowing and loving the history of the game and seeing the guys who have paved the way for myself. I’ve always respected that. I’ve always respected the talent that came before me.”
James is averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game this season. The only difference between him and the eight other players is that those eight have won NBA titles.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire