Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 10:40 am  |  60 responses

LeBron James Feels He Was Snubbed Twice for Defensive Player of the Year

NBATV has been teasing their hour-long interview with LeBron James airing Monday night – King James touches on his rocky first season in Miami, the friendly rivalry with Kevin Durant, his lofty place in NBA history, and once again complains about not getting his due as a defensive player. Per the Sun-Sentinel:

On how Kevin Durant motivates him: “The way he plays the game every single night is very inspiring, and it’s motivating. … Obviously, we know he’s going to be one of the greatest scorers to ever play this game, but the way he plays, just so joyous and happy, and it’s like he’s a kid back in Maryland. And I feel like when I’m on the floor, I’m a kid back in Akron.”

On a difficult stretch during his first season in Miami: “We were 9-8. … We were out of sync and me and D-Wade were looking at each other like, ‘Did we make the right choice, man? Is this what we really wanted?’”

On being overlooked for the Defensive Player of the Year Award: “To be honest, I feel I’ve been snubbed two years in a row, and I’m serious. And that’s one selfish thing about me. … I feel like I should have won it.”

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  • Conor

    He’s the same narcissist at thirty that he was at eighteen. I wonder what it’s like to be in egotistical stasis for over a decade.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    there is a case to be made for 2011-12. but still, he’s delusional if he thinks he deserved it more than Gasol last season.

  • Porky

    Considering he’s had people kissing his a** nonstop since he was in grade school I’d say he’s relatively grounded. That being said he says a lot of things that he should be letting other people say about him.

  • shockexchange

    Kang, you’ve got the Shock Exchange’s “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James” which tilted the L towards you and Heat forever. What more do you want?

  • JoeMaMa

    He wants every award: Rookie of the Year, MVP, Champ, Finals MVP, All Star MVP, Scoring Champ…he wants the DPOY BAD. It’ll, in a way, complete the legacy. Off the top of my head, I can think of MJ…? Is that it? Hakeem and Kareem got close. Man….MJ is some kinda legend.
    Anywho, I get his disappointment. He was in contention the past few years. I think now, for DPOY, his window is closing.

  • Saleem Rainman

    like i said last time. this is REALLY starting to get annoying. shut up already.

  • kristwo3

    He’s incredibly talented, works hard and is successful as a result. Why can’t he talk his ish from time to time? I could understand the hate if he was a bum. Dude going down as one of the all timers. Let him talk.

  • Conor

    People who refer to themselves in third person are the opposite of grounded.

    I thought he had matured in after 2011, but I was evidently mistaken.

  • Conor

    *no “in” or “after”, depending on your stylistic preference, haha

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Yeah..I guess this is to be considered working hard..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQWmRIHavC8

  • bike

    Something tells me these are largely tongue-in-cheek comments by LeBron. People forget he has a sense of humor and enjoys a little sarcasm.

  • robb

    What’s up with all these headlines, it seem like you guys want people to react negatively towards Lebron or something.

  • Feez_22

    lebron is talking wayyyy too much.

    It’s like he is personally trying to out talk the entire indiana pacers squad…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    That’s the plan. All about the “clicks”.

  • The Seed

    Like someone up here already stated, he wants this so him and MJ can stand alone with this award. Its purely to add to his legacy, so when compared to others like Magic, Bird and Kobe, this can be one more notch to prove he is way better. I get it Lebron, get every award possible for your case. I am just tired of hearing you talk!!!

  • Rachel John


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  • cali

    Dude he has to talk. He is in an interview. What do you want him to do? Just stare at the interviewer?

    People think it’s like wrestling where they grab a mic in front of a camera and talk, but really they’re just answering questions and speaking their mind. If more people would interview the Pacers, then they would be “talking wayyyy too much” too.

  • snouden

    Well nobody predicted KD would make this kind of jump this year. Neither did Bron.
    I’m I the only one who thinks Bron is starting to realize his time as the undisputed nr.1 might come to an end sooner rather than later as a result him matching MJ championship wise and chance at getting that arguable GOAT status is getting less and less likely because of that guy in OKC. And he’s making all these sorry ass excuses. Man up, Bron Bron. Nobody is going to snub you on that all time list when all is said and done. Mount Rushmore or not. You’re gonna be up there.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the shock exchange seems pretty grounded

  • spit hot fiyah

    the year chandler won? he had a case that year

  • spit hot fiyah

    or stop reading the the “lebron says:…” articles

  • Feez_22

    the pacers do talk way too much.

    I’m a fan of lebron’s btw. however, he’s been saying some things lately that make him out to be way too into himself.

  • keyon dooling

    he really did get robbed in 2012 though. Tyson Chandler, lol. The 2nd-team all-defense Center (yes I know how the voting works) and rim protector on a worse defense (and defense pace adjusted) than Miami’s that year. 2013, Bron had a pretty strong case as well, although Gasol was stellar in nearly every P&R defense and rotation. This year, he really has no case. Still, ’12 was (should’ve been( his

  • Porky

    First of all I said relatively. Second, in the legendary words of Charles Barkley-everybody in the world has an ego… the difference is (he) has a reason to have one.

  • hashzz

    Lebron is the best player currently, but that gap has closed…KD is on his heels, natural progression of the game, every thing has an expiration date

  • robb

    Yeah, ur right, that’s the business, sometimes I forget about it

  • Porky

    It works. All of us clicked on it and the two Lebron articles are the most commented on thus far today.

  • snouden

    I agree. I am not ready to proclaim KD is better. I need one more season. Although he’s improved in each and every category especially in weaknesses like ball handling, playmaking, defense and strength/stamina, yes, he looks quite a bit stronger to me this season.
    And as recently as last season I wasn’t completely confident him handling the rock and making decisions. This season it’s a different story.
    And yes there’s an expiry date for everything, I just thought Lebron’s would be longer. And that just speaks volumes for how good KD is/can become.

  • Harvey

    Couldn’t agree more. He only wants it cause MJ won it.

  • Redd

    A lot of people did..Lebron wasn’t the only.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Exactly we’re all guilty of it. Hell if no one clicked on the articles this site would flop. So it’s all gravy.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    It’s easy to forget my friend. I’m guilty of it too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol that’s what i just said

  • spit hot fiyah

    i was trying to verify if 11-12 was the year chandler won

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh haha my bad, i didn’t understand what was going on

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    That’s because there’s three of em…clutching a large stone tablet with scripture!

  • LakeShow

    Actually, I did.

    But it’s just as much about LeBron’s decline as it is KD taking the next step.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL in what way has LeBron declined?

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah which is why hes been making all these insecure statements lately

  • 2chainz

    Ask Kobe what its like…

  • 2chainz

    Marc Gasol is a post player so he defended Power Forwards and Centers but LeBron is a perimeter player guarding point guards and shooting guards so there is a big difference. Not too many true Centers in the NBA anymore compared to the amount of good Point Guards and Shooting guards.

    Just to keep things in Context.

  • retrobat

    However, clearly, he doesn’t want the Dunk Champ.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    …..LeBron guarded point guards and shooting guards for

    (drum roll please)

    less than 10% of his minutes last season.
    and DPOY is about which defensive player has the biggest impact on his teams defense. not about which player has the toughest job, or is the most versatile.

  • LakeShow


    Before I answer…

    You really don’t think LeBron has taken a step back from last season?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think his effort has taken a step back. him as a player? his capabilities? not even a little bit. that’d be like me saying because Kobe never replicated 2006, that he took a step back as a player. When I actually believe he improved after that season.

  • JJ Jones

    Wtf that’s his off season training? That can’t be it.

  • LakeShow

    You see effort… I see a step back…

    You think he’ll replicate his dominance and success from last season and the season before that ever again?

    I don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man, he’s marginally worse than last year statistically. And he’s 29. He’s taken as many steps back at 29 as Kobe did

  • LakeShow

    Career low steals.

    Career low blocks.

    Lowest PPG since his rookie season.

    Highest TO% of his career.

    2nd lowest PER over last 7 years.

    We can make excuses. Legit excuses. He’s tired. His squad isn’t playing up to their standards. ETC ETC…

    Call it a half a step. Call it veteran savvy. Maybe he’s playing snake in the grass.

    But to me, it’s clear that he is taking a step back. He’ll keep improving in certain areas. But overall this season he has taken a step back.

    Maybe he’ll prove me wrong next season. Remains to be seen.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Could have said the same thing about 29 year old 2007-08 Kobe Bryant, 1991-92 28 year old Michael Jordan, and 1995-96 32 year old Michael Jordan. Until it’s clear that a player of this caliber has taken a step back, I’m not comfortable making that assumption. But Durant has taken a noticeable step up, I just don’t get why someone has to step back for that to be sufficient in itself.

  • LakeShow


    I just think he has officially peaked. Last season. Much like you could argue KB did in 2007-08, and Jordan in 92-93.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So peak to you is purely statistical?

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  • Conor

    Kobe’s 2010 playoff run was the most lethal stretch of his career, imo

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t say that, but that is one of the best ways to show improvement, and decline.

  • JJ Jones

    I dont really think hes declined physically just yet. But what has declined is his jumper this year. His lack of effort could possibly be a decrease in stamina though he is getting older

  • LakeShow

    I’m not sure how you define lethal, but I would say he was more lethal in 09, and more of a complete player throughout the 2010 run, as far as the playoffs go.

    But how are either of those really more “lethal” than those runs of 40, 50 and 60 point barrage during RS games?

  • JJ Jones

    I thought his 09 playoffs were better. Kobe was injured in 2010. He also had better playoff gamein 2001 but those were overshadowed by shaq’s presence

  • grgeblck

    I was more affected that Mavs robbed your championship away.