Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma believes that LeBron James should have way more MVPs than he currently has. James, a four-time NBA MVP, won the NBA MVP award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. This season, 36-year-old James is one of the candidates for the MVP award.
"The NBA MVP is a very political award," Kuzma said after the Lakers' 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, per ESPN. "Bron should have been the MVP at least 8, 9, 10 times. Everybody knows that."
James, who led the Lakers to their first NBA Championships since 2010, also thinks he should have more than four MVPs. "I should have more than four, I believe," James said. "But ... I don't sit around thinking about it or crying about it, or whatever the case may be.
I just try to come in the next season and be the MVP and be talked about [for] it again. I bet a lot of the greatest that played this game feel like they should have more as well, if you ask any one of those guys. "This is another opportunity for me to able to be recognized as the best player for that particular season, and this season.
So, hopefully I can continue to just play great basketball and see what happens at the end."
Lakers coach gives credit to James
"He's playing every night, setting a great tone I think for young players and the whole league that, if he feels good, he's going to be in there and he's going to compete at a super-high level and dominate the game," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
"He's the MVP of the league in my opinion thus far because of that mindset and what he's doing for our team and he just wins the game in so many different ways. ... He's really doing it all for us." James was a strong candidate for the NBA MVP in each of the past two season but Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up winning back-to-back NBA MVPs.
"It's a mistake on the voters' part to go season after season without voting the best player in the league MVP," Vogel said. "You know what I mean? That's the simplest way to put it. There's been other players that have been deserving but he's been the best player in the league for as long as I can remember.
Maybe since his second, third year in the league. It's just one of those things that's unfortunate. It's not right. And he should get it this year. He's doing it every night and no one is as deserving."