Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James says he isn't particularly bothered by the fact that the season was cancelled while he and his team were playing great basketball because those are things that he "can't control."
The NBA season has been suspended since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic but the league has established a plan of how to safely restart the season on July 30 in Orlando. James has been averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists this season and the Lakers own the best record in the Western Conference.
Four-time NBA MVP James is one of the leading candidates to win this year's NBA MVP award but the league has announced that the races for the awards are over. "I'm not disappointed because things happen," James said, as quoted on ESPN.
"You control what you can control, and I can't control that. As far as the MVP race, I think that I've shown what I'm capable of doing. Not only individually but from a team's perspective, us being No. 1 in the West."
James wanted to make a statement
James, the first overall selection of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft, spent the first 15 seasons of his career in the Eastern Conference -- which is considered much weaker than the Western Conference.
But this season -- at the age of 35 -- James has been playing an outstanding season and leading his team to the best record in the Western Conference. James has won three NBA championships and he is fully locked in on winning his fourth title this season.
"There was a lot of conversation about, 'LeBron can do those things in the East, but if he ever came to the West, what could he do?'" James said with a satisfied chuckle. "So I heard all of that. To be able to have our team at the top of the Western Conference and playing the way that we were playing at that time and the way I was playing, it's definitely a good feeling."
James' biggest rival for the NBA MVP award is Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who won the NBA MVP award last year. Antetokounmpo has emerged as one of the top candidates to win the award this year as well since he has averaged 29.
6 points, 13.7 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I think those awards are always great throughout this time of year, to acknowledge the individuals that have had great years," James said. "Not only from a player's perspective but for a coach's perspective, as well. So we'll see what happens."