LeBron James hasn’t won the Kia NBA MVP for a couple of years in a row — even though he drives a Kia. He substituted an NBA championship last year, which assuaged. And he walked back some comments that maybe Stephen Curry didn’t quite deserve his second MVP in a row. But James know his hoops history, and he’s chasing the GOAT (Greastest of All Time) title down. He’s admitted to playing against Michael Jordan’s ghost. Now, in an unusual bit of candor from the team-first James, he admits he wants to win the MVP again.
James is tied with Wilt Chamberlain as a 4-time NBA MVP — with just three players having won more. A reporter noted that he’d be in that “even more elite” company with one more MVP crown. James chided back saying, “So I’m not elite?” But he was quick to admit he knew who was ahead of him. When a reporter accused him of knowing who had won more MVPs than he (and Wilt) had, James admitted he knew the names. For those who don’t, James is chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), and Bill Russell and Michael Jordan, who each won NBA MVP five times.