Originally written on TheProBasketballTalk  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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By Payton Wales

LeBron James is an MVP once again. Hold on while I fix my face in a look of surprise. Just gimme a second, I'll get it. No, I swear, I can look surprised.

OK, I'm lying, I can't. I'm not surprised by this at all. After all, James put together one of the best statistical seasons in NBA history.

The King graciously accepted his award May 13 before he, and the rest of the Miami Heat, prepared to play the Indiana Pacers. Upon accepting the award, James poured out his heart to Heat fans, grateful for the rare air receiving the award put him in and then reaffirmed to Heat fans what his true goals were.

"Heat Nation, we have a bigger goal," James said. "This is very overwhelming to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that championship. That's all that matters to me."

James also sang the praises of his teammates for their contributions and effort.

"This is a team game, and I wouldn't be receiving what I've received in the past and now in the present without my teammates and without my family and friends who've helped me to this point," James said away from the stage. "Even though it's an individual award, I always go back to my teammates. I always go back to my friends and my family. No one can do it alone."

James is now the eighth player in NBA history to receive the MVP award three times. The others -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone and, most recently, Michael Jordan -- all have a title to go along with their MVPs. LeBron is still seeking his.

Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most MVPs in a career with six.

The MVP victory was a landslide for James, who received 85 of the possible 121 first-place votes, totaling 1,074 points for the title. Kevin Durant came in second place with 24 first-place votes and a total of 889 points.

In a slight twist of irony, James' numbers are remarkably similar to the numbers he posted last year, but he was beat out then by both Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. Of course we all know there was no way The King was getting any individual accolades last year after what happened in Cleveland in the summer. Chances are he should have been winning his fourth title this year. And maybe we cheated him out of that, but then again, he did cheat an entire state out of their hopes and dreams so I guess we can call it even.

One thing is for sure, at only 27 years old and no hint of slowing down, James could very well get his ring and break Kareem's record in the process. In turn, the basketball world will lose part of its collective minds.

Wouldn't that be something.


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