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Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 3:22 pm  |  82 responses

LeBron James’ MVP Speech

‘I would give all three of them back for an NBA Championship.’

Bron showed emotion and compassion in his MVP speech, inviting his teammates to stage as he accepted his third MVP award. “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 said. “I would give all three of them back for an NBA Championship.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/jza JZA

    Wow he went on and on… my teams my fans my fam my team my coach my team my fam my team my fam

  • Malcolm

    @JZA Why so critical? Just let the man live. Well deserved award.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    He deserved it, he’s still a Grade A douche.

  • Mike Mihalow

    He’s the 2nd best player on the NBA’s 4th best team. How in the hell did he get this?! Bullspit.

  • MrMADLaws

    @JZA STRAIGHT JOKES!!!

  • Kareem

    Best record doesn’t equal team. The Bulls proved that two years in a row. Your opinion can’t be taken seriously if you think he’s not the best player on his team. It’s like y’all either don’t watch basketball or you don’t understand the basics of the game.

  • Zoom

    @JZA who cares if he said that? Its his speech !

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    “I’d trade my MVP’s away for not one, not two, but three championships.”

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7887970/the-divergent-careers-miami-heat-eddy-curry-new-york-knicks-tyson-chandler Arthur

    This isn’t my username… what gives, why is all his details remembered on my laptop?

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    You can tell he really loves his mom. The part of the speech when he talks to her is really moving….

  • philly4rm@frika

    congratulations lebron. Now go after the throne. The haters must just sit down somewhere and be quite!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Even if he wins this year it doesn’t matter. He has 2 other superstars & half his competition is injured.

  • Kareem

    Since when is Bosh a superstar? Plus y’all keep talking about injuries like Rose and the Bulls would’ve stopped the Heat. Despite the delusional haters, the Spurs and the Thunder are the Heat’s biggest comp. Besides, Kobe won three rings with a much bigger, much more dominant superstar than Wade will ever be. I guess it doesn’t count against you when management as opposed to players put the teams together.

  • KC

    Hate all you like. Lebron is the best player in the league and has been for quite some time. This should probably be his 5 or 6th mvp award.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Bosh wasn’t the face of the Raptors? And Lebron is the best but not for quite some time he just dethroned Kobe & he’s still barely better than KD & Rose. The Bulls would’ve stopped the Heat, if the Mavs were able to so can the Bulls shut up lol.

  • http://www.nba.com nbk

    Yes Lebron we have heard all about your mother.

  • 23

    lebron is the best in the world. wade, while still very effective, is obviously past his prime. bosh is a very good and talented and underrated player. although he is not on the same level as true superstars(kobe, kd, rose, howard, nowitzki, cp3) but after those 2 who else does lebron got? he has an empty bench. if anyone is gonna complain about lebrons help, then whats the case for durant? westbrook had a VERY good season. VERY similar to mr. wade. and harden is the best 6th man in the game. and okc has VERY VERY good interior players. tony parker is playing for the best coach in todays nba with the greatest pf ever, along with a super good bench and young talent.

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    Red, being the face of the Raptors doesn’t make you a superstar. I guess that makes Andrea Bargnani a superstar, right?

  • 23

    just because bosh was the face of the raptors that doesnt mean anything. his raptors teams had ZERO success. kryie irving is the face of the cavs, but that doesnt make him a superstar.

  • 23

    RED, just because bosh was the face of the raptors that doesnt make him a superstar. he led them to no legit success whatsoever. john wall is the face of washington, but that doesnt make him a superstar.

  • 23

    not to mention that wade was banged up all year. and lebron basically went back to his cleveland days and just put the team on his shoulders and balled out! michael jordan had 2 hall of fame teammates along with the most successful coach ever. magic had kareem. bird had a RIDICULOUSLY stacked celtics team.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    People hating on BOSH do not know basketball, Bosh is a 20pt and over 12 rebound player. On the Heat, they do not use him right. When Bosh plays well the HEAT are unstoppable. People forget when Bosh didn’t play the HEAT struggled. Bosh was the most consistent player throughout the playoff run last year. Wade had some bad 1st round games and lebron CHOKED in finals. If Bosh was on Bulls he would be considered top 10 player, because the offense would run through him some plays and he would get MORE SHOTS. Bosh is a Superstar player in NBA, don’t be FOOLED!!!

  • Kareem

    Red, you make no sense whatsoever. The Bulls couldn’t get it done last year and they wouldn’t have this year. Bosh was an All-Star, not a superstar. Barely better than Rose and KD? You have to be a teenager that just started watching basketball. In every facet of the game he is miles ahead of both of them. KD scores a few more points taking way more shots, shooting a lower fg %. Statistically Kobe isn’t even close except for scoring, which Lebron has always done more efficiently than him. What factual proof do you even have to back up your opinions? None. You’re just another hater with nothing real to say.

  • Kareem

    Nobody is hating on Bosh, but don’t overrate him to diminish Lebron’s importance. Lebron has always had a ton of more success with bum squads than Bosh had with his bum squads. He’s not in the same tier of elite players as Lebron.

  • 2307

    well said kareem obviously someone who actually understands the game on a intelligent level and not someone who just watches highlights and thinks they know more than they do

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Bosh was an All-star, kept them in the playoffs, was on team USA, etc. You can debate it, it goes either way. Bosh was keeping the Raptors going, while having barely any good players, you can argue but I believe I’m right, if I’m not c’est la vie. Even so, 2 superstars & an all star is still a lot. I hope LeBron wins this year, simply so I can chuckle at him winning in a sub-par season.

  • 23

    kd is a better shooter than lebron, but other than that what does he do better? maybe rebounding, then again he is 6’10″ with crazy long arms. defensively kd is not in the same breath as lebron. passing, lebron is way better than kd. lebron is a better athlete than kd as well. roses only advantage over lebron is(was?) his quickness. even with that quickness lebron still caused rose to play very inefficiently last year in the conference finals.

  • 23

    @Red, bosh was keeping the raptors going?? going where?!? what success did bosh LEAD the raptors to????

  • KING

    Funny how everybody saying bosh ain’t good and dwade past his prime just cause he been hurt all year. I give lebron props for being a good player but he still had bosh all year if anyone deserve mvp its kobe. And for the dude that said lebron should have 6 mmvps kobe should have way more because he been putting the lakers on his back since shaq left

  • http://nba.com GP23

    You can’t hate on this guy.. you just can’t. Dude is legit, and the best player in the world right now.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He’s a pretty likable guy… It’s actually kind of funny how many people h@te him (mostly Laker fans even though they’re on opposite coasts and player each other twice a year). Also Bulls fans…

  • Kareem

    Sub-par season? What does that even mean? The season was as unpredictable and challenging as any season in years, as you would know if you were old enough to have watched a season before 2005. A condensed 66 game season makes it more challenging if anything, for every team. Durant has just as much talent around him, including a better bench. Let’s not even talk about Kobe’s two 7 footers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Did Bosh not keep the Raps in the playoffs? Same thing Lebron did with the Cavs, shut up, lol. @Kareem, So you’re saying having 2 of the top 5 players in the league, is not the biggest advantage in the NBA? O ok.

  • 23

    @Red, are yyou seriously comparing Bosh’s Raptors teams with LeBrons Cavs!????? Just stop, your starting to sound like an IDIOT!!!!

  • Ctk

    People keep talkin bout his help…LeBron won the most playoff series than ANYBODY n the league without a legit sidekick..Wade won ZERO series durin his best 2 seasons…Kobe same thing and so on …u flatout need help to win titles PERIOD

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    @23 Oh, did I? Sorry, I forgot there’s idiots alive who can’t grasp the concept of a general statement. Last I checked players who’ve gone 3 some seasons averaging 20 & 10 are usually considered superstars. Stop being a puppet & following everyone’s lead & think for yourself idiot.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i thought that was KG at the back @ 3:10 lol… but seriously congrats LBJ you are definatley not my favourite player by any means but i respect the hell outta ya

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Looks like few people really understand the huge difference between being a very good player, a star player and a superstar player.

  • Kareem

    The same argument can be used to discredit a couple of MJ’s MVPs since Pippen became arguably the league’s best all-around player during their reign. 1st, he doesn’t deserve the MVP because of having Wade. Then him winning a championship means less? You’re finding weak reasons to hate.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Red lebron’s been better than kobe for at least 3 years. and KD and Rose do absolutely nothing better than Lebron. They don’t score better, they don’t pass better, they don’t rebound better, and neither plays better defense. It’s not even close in most of those categories either. also mike mihalow is on acid.

  • 23

    Red, so now 20 – 10 equals superstar? I must have missed when Zach Randolph was an nba superstar. And following everyone’s lead ??????? Yeah I’m not part of the 99% of the population that thinks LeBron is overrated. I actually believe LeBron is arguably top 5 all time as of right now. But oh yeah everyone thinks that way right? Smh

  • 23

    Jordan had pippen and a worm who would gobble up rebounds, AND the most successful coach ever!

  • Kareem

    @23: Cats like Red think Kobe and Jordan won every ring on their own. You can’t reason with that type of thinking.

  • 23

    Sorry red, but being the face of an unsuccessful franchise does not equal superstar. LeBron led his team deep into the playoffs on multiple occasions, including a trip to the finals. What was it again that Bosh did in Toronto?????

  • 23

    I guess having one of the most dominant player in basketball history(Shaq) is no help at all. And having 3 hall of gamers (pippen, Rodman, P Jackson) must have made things so bad for MJ. I feel bad for Jordan and Kobe now. If they had wade+Bosh+haslem+Anthony+Chalmers+barrier they would have won like 15 rings!!!!!

  • Ctk

    Who r yall superstars that r playin n the league rt now?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    I didn’t know a trip to the final was the same as a championship. @23 please learn to READ, I said “usually” which means not always you moron. LOL I love how you morons just make stuff up, when did I say Jordan/Kobe won it alone? Of course you need help, but trading yourself to a team with another top 5 player? That’s only happened once before in Philly I think, and it didn’t work.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Oh and majority of people do consider him to be top 5, even people who hate him will admit he’s top 5, dont feel so special. And with regards to this thread you’re just copying everyone else sheep.

  • rkirby

    tony parker got robbed

  • Jono

    This is the least confident I’ve ever seen LeBron…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Red gets absolutely owned in every thread comments on

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol are u saying that cause I hurt ya feelings? Ok I do, I’m not looking to be popular here just to share my opinions.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    So if you play along side another great player, cannot be MVP? Geez…kids these days have no clue. Name the last 5 MVP’s not including this year’s. How many of them played along side another superstar? Weird.

  • MUBWAR

    that will be: going backward lbj rose lbj lbj kobe dont remember 2007 nash nash

  • Kareem

    Red, just so I understand you: It’s okay to play along side another top player as long as you don’t volunteer to do it? If you are drafted by or traded to a team with another top player then it’s cool? Jordan/Pip, Shaq/Kobe were both pairs of top 5 players at some point in each of their reigns. I guess Shaq didn’t deserve his MVP award in 2000 because he played with Kobe.

  • PnoyVibe

    LOL JZA, still tho, well deserved MVP.

  • circle

    LEBRON won the mvp this year? maybe udonis haslem should keep the trophy because LBJ would pass it to him if its under time pressure!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I know some of the regulars (JT, nbk, Allen) will just cry when they read these comments. I swear, the name “LeBron” drops the average IQ on these boards by a solid 10 points.
    -LeBron is the best player in the league. Has been since somewhere between 07-09. Take your pick where.
    -Bosh is a star player. He is underrated as of now, but he’s no superstar. Superstar=Bron, KD, Kobe, Wade, Dwight, Paul, Rose.
    -Nobody wins without help. End of story. LeBron’s run in 07 was impressive, but once he faced a genuine quality opponent, his team lost.
    -If you have to hate the guy, hate for one of four things. Arrogant attitude, the facade of possibly picking other teams over the Heat, the amount of calls he gets, or his performance in last years’ finals.
    -LeBron is NOT top 5 all time right now. Not even close fellas. Jordan, Wilt, Russell, Kareem, Olajuwon, Shaq, Duncan, Bird, Magic, and Kobe have all had better careers BY FAR as of now. Saying he has somehow surpassed them without a ring is ludicrous.
    -Feel free to misinterpret that above statement as me saying he’ll never be top 5 all time.
    -Just for funsies

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I know some of the regulars (JT, nbk, Allen) will just cry when they read these comments. I swear, the name “LeBron” drops the average IQ on these boards by a solid 10 points.
    -LeBron is the best player in the league. Has been since somewhere between 07-09. Take your pick where.
    -Bosh is a star player. He is underrated as of now, but he’s no superstar. Superstar=Bron, KD, Kobe, Wade, Dwight, Paul, Rose.
    -Nobody wins without help. End of story. LeBron’s run in 07 was impressive, but once he faced a genuine quality opponent, his team lost.
    -If you have to hate the guy, hate for one of four things. Arrogant attitude, the facade of possibly picking other teams over the Heat, the amount of calls he gets, or his performance in last years’ finals.
    -LeBron is NOT top 5 all time right now. Not even close fellas. Jordan, Wilt, Russell, Kareem, Olajuwon, Shaq, Duncan, Bird, Magic, and Kobe have all had better careers BY FAR as of now. Saying he has somehow surpassed them without a ring is ludicrous.
    -Feel free to misinterpret that above statement as me saying he’ll never be top 5 all time.
    -Just for funsies, go compare Scottie’s stats to Wade’s. I’ll say nothing more about this.

  • monkeyball

    Cosign Caboose ^^^^^

    I like that Caboose doesn’t reference the infamous “disappears in crunch time” tag. Lebron has plenty of lines on his crunch time resume. He’s already made the Finals twice, after all (as many times as JKidd, or K. Malone, or David Robinson) and is only 28. He did have a horrible Finals series last year. But read up on Magic’s 1984 Finals, or Kobe’s game 7 in 2010.

    That said, I will never root for Lebron, for what he did to Cavs fans.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    This thread is getting co-sign creepy. lol

  • ClydeSays

    Nust my opinion, but I think the MVP should go to a player who keeps his team in contention, reguardless of the lack of talent around him. That describes Lebron w the Cavs but not w the Heat. CP3 making the Clips into a contender deserved votes. They might squeak into the playoffs without him, but I doubt it.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Ok now that you put those list of guys up there I realize I’m misconstruing the difference between a star and superstar. I took an L there. But I reaffirm the fact that LBJs championship is useless because he’s had incredible help. Him and Bosh, 2 stars needed to be traded playing alongside another star in order to win. That’s only happened once before and that pairing lost. Now before you losers start trying to act tough I remind you that it’s a message board and that my ego isn’t bruised by being wrong only in regards to Bosh.

  • Mike from Spain

    I used to dislike Lebron, but this speech really moved me. His life seems like something straight out of the movies. You can argue about whether he deserves his MVP awards or not, but he was really good in the speech.

  • deafballer

    @ Red

    Most teams that win have something around incredible help, look at the past 5 years and you can see that the teams that have one have had a lot of depth. Last year’s team was an incredibly deep team with Dallas, the Lakers had Kobe and arguably two of the best big men in the NBA right now. Boston had 3 hall of famers. The Spurs had a core of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. Saying that Lebrons championship is useless seems to discredit the last 5 championships that have been played.

  • Maja7th

    Why is it that Lebron is a sucka for playing with Wade and Bosh…but it was cool for kareem, Magic and Worthy AND COOPER AND RAMBIS AND SCOTT…to play together? Yall are so inconsistent. What we should dis him because of how it happened? Were the 2000-2004 Lakers #DRAFTED? No!!! Who cares how the team was put together! Who starts a dynasty alone? SMH…NBA TV is a must for yall. Mchale, Parrish, Bird, Johnson. Ginobli Parker, Duncan. STOP IT.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Deaf: I think the argument is that no sidekick on any recent championship team (sans 2000ish Lakers) has been at Wade’s first ballot HOF level. Throw in Bosh’s All Star level and even the Lakers didnt have three guys that level. That what you mean Red?

  • ron g

    Lebron, Rose, Cp3, D12, Wade, Durant and Kobe are all superstars. You start a team with these 7 guys with the right role players and you will have a solid shot at winning it all….

  • Kareem

    So Red, Shaq and Kobe’s championships don’t count? Laker stans are the worst. You are the biggest hypocrite to ever post here. By virtue of Shaq alone, Prime Shaq/Prime Kobe is slightly better than Lebron/Wade. Prime MJ/Prime Pippen is waaaay better than Lebron/Wade. You’d know that if you were old enough to have witnessed it. You still have no logical counter argument for that. Not, to mention how a stacked Lakers team botched a Finals appearance with Shaq, Kobe, Malone, and Payton. If they would’ve won you haters wouldn’t have said the same thing. Just admit that you are a hater because you damn sure have no basketball based argument to back up your opinion.

  • Kareem

    Durant and the Thunder are a comparable matchup with the Heat this season. You can keep using the general weak argument of “he needed to pair with two other guys” but look at the top two players on each team and statistically they aren’t far apart this season. Look at the Thunder’s bench and compare to Miami. Let’s talk about reality here.

  • 1st CLAss FLighTS

    American B Riding LeBron NUTTSS!!!!!! LMAO LeBron is lame when the game is on pressure and He should come get the ball, That Man never does he always be on the 3 chilling not coming to help D Wade who is double teamed and still score, Which I know Kobe, KD, Russell, CP3 and many others that will and do take the game winner/gamebreaker shots. So I must say no LeBron should not have won this year I would have like to see the Tony Parker grab this year because lets be honest as far as the west if its not OKC for the championship then its goin to be the SPURS

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I shed a tear for The King during this speech…
    Among the rarest of talents to ever play in the NBA.
    A top 25 talent of all time.

  • idrees

    he said he’d give up all of them for a championship ring… even though i aint a fan of lebron, i gotta give respect to that.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Idrees: you know that’s just a publicity stunt. He knows it can’t happen, so he’ll say what makes him sound most flattering. I guarantee you if he actually had the chance, hes not trading the MVP awards.

  • yc

    sigh… teaming up with stars existed in 90 80 70s. and red please stop posting if you dont know what the hell you are talking bout.. go rewatch boshs era. he is an average all star alka antonio davis?
    dang i miss 90s ball

  • Drig

    @Philo………all around talent wise ( Athleticism+Skillset and both have EQUAL weight ), LBJ probably is a top 10 talent.

  • R32

    Love him or hate him, we’re witnessing one of the greatest basketball talents of all time. Still needs work closing but we might we this type of player in a long while. 6’8, 250 lbs….you know the rest.

  • R32

    see*

  • http://interactwithmac@aol.com david mac

    Pure Class

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Slam didn’t post my comment..but basically I said Kobe was drafted when Shaq was taken and there was no way of knowing if Kobe was good yet. I’m not saying you can’t trade for an allstar but 2? And I don’t take this stuff serious it’s only a message board lol.

  • Kareem

    Red, you know that’s a silly azz argument. It doesn’t matter how a player gets to a team. The fact of the matter is Lebron and Wade aren’t the only top 5 duo to play together. They aren’t even the best top 5 duo to do it. And FYI, Rodman made the all-star team at least once while playing with Pip and Jordan. If the basis of your argument is “drafted players don’t count” then I’m afraid you’ll just have to admit that you have no real argument. I disagree with you 1000% but I’m sure even I could back up your opinion better than you have.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    @Red, your HATE for any team/player other than the bulls is unhealthy. I dislike lebron for what he did to the cavs, but he is a respectable guy & i do hope he gets his Ring this year. So what if he paired with d wade? Why arent you bashing the big 3 in boston, or the Spurs (manu,TD,parker), the lakers (Gasol,Kobe,Bynum/Odom). Dude you dont have a valid point.If Bron wins a Ring, there should be no reason to discredit him, only in the eyes of a select few( Haters ) , & you my friend is a part of that group.

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