by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Miami Heat (35-14) have 33 games remaining on their regular season schedule, and unless something drastic happens, LeBron James will walk away with the fourth MVP award of his career (and second in a row.)

Not so fast, says Carmelo Anthony.

Melo — who enjoyed some MVP hype early on — admits that he’s awed by the historic season LeBron is having, but isn’t ready to hand him the Maurice Podoloff Trophy just yet.

Per the NY Post:

“It’s early,” said Anthony. “It’s All-Star break right now. He’s definitely playing like a Most Valuable Player so we’ll see what happens.”

Regardless of whether the media types who eventually decide the award send the trophy to Miami for James, to Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul, to Oklahoma City for Kevin Durant, to San Antonio for Tony Parker or to New York for Anthony, the Knicks’ superb forward acknowledged his Heat rival has been unreal. “That’s crazy. What he’s doing right now is unbelievable. He’s scoring 30, 40 points on 11 shots, [shooting] 10-for-12. He’s on an incredible run right now,” Anthony said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

LeBron James’ current level of play could begin to tail off later on in the season, assuming the Miami Heat build a comfortable lead atop the Eastern Conference standings (Carmelo’s New York Knicks are in second place, and 3 games back of the defending champs.)

The MVP is very much LeBron’s to lose, which seems like an increasingly unlikely possibility.