LeBron James was thisclose to making NBA history over the weekend. Even though his team didn't play, he almost did it by becoming the first unanimous MVP winner in league history. Of the 120 sportswriters and broadcasters eligible to vote for NBA MVP this season, only one voted for someone other than LeBron. That single voter who opted against voting for him? Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn, who voted for Carmelo Anthony instead of King James. Last night, he was asked to explain his decision.
"I just honestly felt that Carmelo Anthony lifted the Knicks to new heights this season—a No. 2 seed and their first division title in 19 years—with an aging roster, the team's second-best player [Amar'e Stoudemire] out most of the season, and a myriad of other injuries," he told Yahoo! Sports last night. "LeBron James is unquestionably the best player in the league, but I felt this season Anthony had more value to his team."
We don't know what's worse: That Washburn voted for 'Melo ahead of LeBron—or that Washburn writes in Boston and voted for a guy who plays in New York. If we were him, we wouldn't open our inbox (or our Twitter mentions!) for a few days. He's going to catch a lot of hate from all directions.
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[via Yahoo! Sports]