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Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 11:10 am  |  160 responses

LeBron James Says ‘I Should be Defensive Player of the Year’

 

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Last year, LeBron James admitted that he was upset about not winning the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The campaign to convince voters to give him the trophy this season is well under way. After leading the Miami Heat to an impressive 116-112 road win against the LA Clippers Wednesday night, LeBron told reporters that he deserves proper recognition as the best defensive player in the L.

Per the Sun-Sentinel:

Wednesday night was one of those times, with James guarding everyone from fleet point guard Darren Collison to imposing center DeAndre Jordan, along the way also taking turns on exponentially improving Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

“That’s why I should be Defensive Player of the Year,” he said with a smile, but also a touch of candor. “One-through-five. Started off on DeAndre, guarded Darren Collison that one possession, so, you know. No one has ever done this before.

“That’s why I’m sitting here with nine bags of ice.”

Everyone focused on the thrilling offensive duel between LeBron and Blake Griffin, but it was defense — and not just the spectacular stuff — that ensured a Heat win. And it was James who put the game out of reach for the Clippers by taking a charge from Jamal Crawford late in the fourth quarter.

A two-time champion, four time MVP, and widely regarded as the League’s best two-way player, a DPOY award is the only thing that has thus far eluded LeBron James.

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  • keyon dooling

    Heat doubled and blitzed LAC’s P&R so hard the other night. They hadn’t been doing that all too much throughout the first 46 games. If they continue to do it down the stretch in prepping for the postseason, Bron might get some late consideration. It’s too little, too late though IMO for LJ-DPOY

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    for the record, Even if that was sarcastic, LeBron is not in the conversation this season.

  • Exile

    He is that good and nobody can do what he does (as a package) in the game today… But with respect to specific defensive impact and consistant defensive focus this year, I don’t think that he should be amongst the serious contenders.

  • LakeShow

    Listen LeBron (okay don’t listen)…

    You’re a really good defender. Even great when you want to be. But versatility is not the main key voters are looking for in the DPOTY.

    They are looking for impact.

    Hibbert, Bogut, and Howard (Jordan, and Gasol) are head and shoulders above the rest of the L.

    I know this is the cliche of “center always win DPOTY.” But there is a reason for that. Their impact is more profound for their team than the guards in general.

  • LakeShow

    Listen LeBron (okay don’t listen)…

    You’re a really good defender. Even great when you want to be. But versatility is not the main key voters are looking for in the DPOTY.

    They are looking for impact.

    Hibbert, Bogut, and Howard (Jordan, and Gasol) are head and shoulders above the rest of the L.

    I know this is the cliche of “center always win DPOTY.” But there is a reason for that. Their impact is more profound for their team than the guards in general.

  • LakeShow

    It’s not his fault either.

    His team’s age, and health appears to be the main reason for the Heat’s slip in defensive rankings.

  • Sérgio

    Absolutely agreed. This is James worst defensive season since hes been with the Heat.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s harden’s to lose

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    True, Harden and Melo have a stranglehold on the award. But Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic are really making a push to be the first CO-DPOY

  • bike

    I’m thinking that even if Hibbert never blocked another shot the rest of the season, he’s still a lock to win DPOY.

  • Saleem Rainman

    he says that. Every.Single.Year.

    its getting really annoying

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange’s “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James” has given the Kang an unfair advantage. Sportswriters and NBA top brass will try to level the playing field by giving other players a chance to win awards.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a general lack of full effort seems to be the issue to me. but even still, LeBron’s teammates being less effective doesn’t excuse LeBron clearly not putting in as much effort.

  • JJ Jones

    He seriously can’t be this entitled. Hes played good defense for about 7-8 games and he thinks he should be dpoy? No its a bit too late for that.

  • JoeMaMa

    When you brag about guarding every guy on the court, make sure that one of them doesn’t go for 43/15/6.
    And make sure that one of the players you’re bragging about guarding isn’t DeAndre “I’m working on my 2 foot shot” Jordan.

  • JJ Jones

    Or when kd put him on roller skates last week..

  • Slick Ric

    Last year, He probably deserved it. This year: Roy Hibbert

  • Lz

    “One-through-five. Started off on DeAndre, guarded Darren Collison that one possession, so, you know. No one has ever done this before.’ Dennis Rodman used to do this on the regular guarding everyone from prime Shaq to prime Kevin Johnson for long strecthes and even full games.. And to much better effect, Rodman was a far superior defender.. I thought James was a student of the game, he should know this.. I would have liked to see James battle prime-Shaq.. He would have been left sprawled out on the floor and looking for the refs to bail him out..

  • LakeShow

    The greatest defenders of all time get put on skates from time to time.

    Especially against the best scorer in the L.

  • JJ Jones

    Old and slow

  • LakeShow

    As you know, it’s easier to give effort when great effort is given around you.

    Look to the Pacers for no better example.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t care. he’s the leader of that team. his effort should never waiver.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rodman was not guarding Shaq for full games. Or Kevin Johnson. He guarded wings and some PF’s in the late 80s to early 90s, then he stayed primarily with big men after that. Rodman guarded all 5 positions throughout his career, but never was he guarding 1-5 for long stretches in the same season.

  • JJ Jones

    My point is that this is the wrong time to be saying this while that game is still fresh on peoples minds or after letting bake griffin go off for 43

  • Sérgio

    For examples, see Iverson, Allen and Jordan, Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ….. when an all star big guy shoots 34 shots in an NBA game, he better score 40 points. that’s all i’ma say.

  • LakeShow

    Understood.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s sarcasm dude.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Is this a DPOY? http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2014/02/04/d8ed8539188c44c8db8550f250f66861.jpg?1391483719
    Has he ever received a fine or even a warning for that yet? That’s twice on the same play!

  • LakeShow

    You can say that, and feel that way, but it’s an unrealistic POV.

  • LakeShow

    Uggh wish he wouldn’t flop so much…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and why is that? because you say so?

  • Dagger

    Sadly, more often than not that’s an effective defensive play. It’s awful, but he’s playing the system and winning.

  • LakeShow

    LMAO…..

    Because nbk…. name ONE player in NBA history that didn’t take some time off on the defensive end while contributing immensely on the offensive side….

    That’s why dood…

  • whynot?

    Again, a fantastical number of individuals fail to underscore and digest this man’s word correctly. A man of lebron’s stature who has accomplished as much as he has both internationally and domestically, need not express his competitive ambition for eristic individual awards such as the DPOY. However, what is admirably enchanting is want, and desire to preen himself on matters that fundamentally creates a legendary figure. How many discussions do we have for individuals who seek the ‘grail’ (sarcasm) of the DPOY? Conversely, here, we have the undisputed best-player in the league at his acme, attempting to establish a competitive attitude for something that sets precursory leadership. If you have anything contemptible in nature to say about the man, I implore you to reassess your personal standards.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Michael Jordan.
    .
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    .
    Bill Russell

  • Dagger

    Over the last three years the Heat have effectively played one more season than non-playoff teams. Lebron carries as heavy a burden as any player in the league, and he’s played through a series of nagging injuries this year. So yes, it does make sense that he’s “conserving energy.”

    It’s a good excuse, but your main point holds imo: if your effort comes and goes, you can’t be a top contender for DPOY.

  • JJ Jones

    Oh my bad

  • a101lex

    I don’t know how they
    decide DPOY award. I guess when it comes to big men it’s about blocks so I
    tried to compare the guards who won before (Ron, GP and MJ) to Lebron’s stats from
    last year. So the only defensive category that stands out to me are steals and
    by that criteria Lebron is way below the other players. Yes he got rebounding
    edge on all of them but is that enough? To me if you averaging less than 2
    steals a game, I can’t give you DPOY. Yes, he has ability to guard any position
    on the floor but is he a difference maker. Guys like MJ and Ron in the prime
    used to shut down the best opposing player. When Heat played Clippers the other
    night, the Clippers best player was Blake Griffin who dropped 43 points on
    Miami. So to me if you can’t shut down or at least slow down the opposing
    team’s best player, how you gonna claim DPOY???? I don’t think it works like
    that… So as he would say, check your STATS!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s what i’m saying. if you want to be in the DPOY conversation, there is no excuse for a lack of effort, even if it reflects the team as a whole.
    .
    especially as the leader, if his teammates aren’t giving full effort, rather then that being a reason for LeBron to give less effort, i blame LeBron for not making his teammates work harder.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s really like you’ve never heard the phrase, “lead by example”

  • Jun

    Flopping when you’re the size of a gorilla doesn’t help his cause lol

  • LakeShow

    It’s much more advanced than Steals and Blocks.

    Team Defensive RTG, Individual defensive rating, Points allowed per 100 possessions when on the court vs off the court, and many other things in conjunction with blocks or steals are some of the things taken into consideration.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you type this in 1996 or 2014?

  • LakeShow

    MJ took possessions off all the time.

    Hakeem is the only one you can make an argument for.

    Russell didn’t do enough offensively to use the “conserving” excuse.

    So you’ve got 1 guy in history. Good metric to use…

  • LakeShow

    It’s like you have never heard of realistic expectations.

  • LakeShow

    You didn’t say that up above though.

    You said: “don’t care. he’s the leader of that team. his effort should never waiver.”

    You said no leader of a team should have wavering effort on one side of the ball.

    Well sure. In perfect-land.

  • snouden

    LBJ just playing mind games. He knows he won’t be DPOY. To this point he hasn’t even done enough to be on all defensive first team. So he kinda tries to remind everybody how good he can be on that side, which he isn’t right know.
    Although I think he will get there just like Kobe has the previous years solely based on reputation.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    first of all, possessions off and entire games off are very very different. nobody is talking about taking occasional possessions off, as human beings with levels of fatigue, 100% effort on 100% of the plays is unrealistic. i assumed everyone was smart enough to know i didn’t mean every moment of every game.
    .
    Michael Jordan, watch the 1988 season again, and then come back and let me know if you still feel like Jordan wasn’t giving full effort.
    .
    Russell did a lot more offensively then anyone gives him credit for, but that’s fine. We can leave him off. Even if I took Michael off, there is your 1 name.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Because nbk…. name ONE player in NBA history that didn’t take some time off on the defensive end while contributing immensely on the offensive side….”
    .
    “It’s like you have never heard of realistic expectations.”
    .
    “Hakeem is the only one you can make an argument for.”

    .
    ahh that’s cute. you want to contradict yourself again?

  • LakeShow

    Way to re-work the entire argument to fit your point bud.

    Exactly. 1 person in NBA history is who you think everyone should live up to.

    Realistic…

    **Oh yeah, and insert a personal dig towards your mental capacity somewhere in here too **

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    literally nothing about my argument changed.

  • LakeShow

    “name ONE player in NBA history that didn’t take some time off on the defensive end while contributing immensely on the offensive side”

    Notice the “SOME”

    Meaning from time to time. Not regularly.

    You won though man.

  • JJ Jones

    Exactly baiting the media based on reputation

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    again,

    “as human beings with levels of fatigue, 100% effort on 100% of the plays is unrealistic. i assumed everyone was smart enough to know i didn’t mean every moment of every game.”

  • LakeShow

    In your head… I’m sure that’s the case.

  • whynot?

    Admittedly, lebron is leading a defense that isn’t as great as they have been in erstwhile seasons. However, the heat have an enviable record this year which isn’t attributable to an offensive torrent of of sorts. Offensively, Lebron’s numbers, on average, are slightly lower that his recent MVP seasons (which i’m not minimally careworn over). So if you believe that the Heat are yet to thread together their best team basketball at 34 wins, I think that Lebron’s identity as a defensive anchor on that team is unquestioned.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol the only thing i didn’t realize was that you literally thought i meant every single possession. next time i’ll just assume you are an idiot.

  • Lz

    nbk you obviously have great knowledge of everything NBA, but you are not the only one that watches this game closely and trying to prove every single detail you disagree with wrong is perfectly okay, but doesn’t necessary make your opinions right – no matter the amount of stats you pull from whatever site or the amount of games you have watched or the amounts of comments you have watched. Nobody guarded Shaq for full games, it was obviously a multi-player effort. But I have Pontel games (plural) – where Rodman is the primary defender on prime Shaq – fact. I have another Pontel tape where Rodman chases KJ around for at least 25+ minutes (if these tapes wasn’t stuck in a basement on the other side of the World I would happily tell you which games I refer too) and have seen Rodman guard several other PG’s and everything in between – I have watched loads of NBA ever since the ’92 Finals and I am sure you have watched even more, but you didn’t watch it all and you don’t know it all, so please relax and keep giving us your great knowledge without trying to create an argument all the time. Long stretches (of games) and even full games I wrote, didn’t say anything about stretches of seasons, then I wouldn’t have mentioned full games. He guarded 1-5 as much as James (who still primarily guards forwards, which he has done for more or less all of his career). I will retreat to a cold Friday beer now. Please argue every single detail of my response. Have a nice weekend all.

  • JJ Jones

    I think lebron should realize that hes never going to win dpoy. 1. The award favors big men 2. Defense requires stamina which worsens with age hes almost 30. He just started to play defense in the last week or so 4. Hes terrible to mediocre at man defense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, you do realize “some” isn’t a tangible amount don’t you?
    .
    some to me, meant some games they don’t give full effort. some to you meant every single play, if they take one play off, then “some” works.
    .
    You won though man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, you do realize “some” isn’t a tangible amount don’t you?
    .
    some to me, meant some games they don’t give full effort. some to you meant every single play, if they take one play off, then “some” works.
    .
    You won though man.

  • a101lex

    Well, how do they measure individual defensive rating? All the other stats you mentioned are not very conclusive because Lebron is playing on the team with other very good defensive players like Battier, Bosh and D. Wade. So when he’s on the floor with them, of course his team defensive RTG is going to be up there.

  • a101lex

    What you mean?

  • Respect

    Lmao why he say Deandre Jordan and Collison like their offensive powerhouses, if this was the 80′s nd 90′s with ppl like shaq, hakeem, kareem, lebron would not be down there

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    sure,

    which games are they? dates would be nice. rather than just telling me you have the games on tapes, what games are they? i will go back and watch them.
    .
    i wasn’t comparing Rodman to James. Neither of them really guard all 5 positions on more than a random bases. Neither of them guard(ed) all 5 positions for significant time in the same game. the mystic about each of their versatility is overblown.
    .
    “never was he guarding 1-5 for long stretches in the same season.”

    - that translates to, Rodman was not guarding Kevin Johnson for “long stretches” in the same season he was guarding Shaq for “long stretches” , physically he was not able to do both of those things in any one single season.

    — And as far as what i’ve seen vs what you’ve seen, i could very well be wrong. but i would like something to reference to prove it so.
    .
    sorry to bother you with a reply in a comment section on the internet. you must hate it when that happens, in a place where that sort of thing never happens.

  • Anthony

    Didn’t KD put 30+ against Miami? Wasn’t Bron-Bron guarding him?

  • Anthony

    Didn’t KD put 30+ against Miami? Wasn’t Bron-Bron guarding him?

  • spit hot fiyah

    totally unrelated but i took a screen shot from the AU/ASU game a few weeks ago that u might like

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It just sounded exactly like the justification that was used for Gary Payton winning the away in 96. Not that it’s necessarily wrong, but it’s more of an old view on winning that award.

  • Johnny

    30% of your games without a foul called is not defensive MVP

  • thebossman15

    “That’s an effective defensive play,he’s playing the system and winning”

    Too bad the “system” is predicated to only him, if only everyone else was allowed to play the system(*cough* they would get fined *cough*)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m waiting lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s too big, that sucks. if i can somehow re-size it i will post it another day

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Use your phone and email it to yourself. When it asks for the size in the email choose the smallest one, the picture in the received email, that should work

  • LakeShow

    Sure.

    No better example than Carlos Boozer being one of the higher defensive rating guys in the last few years.

    BUT… You’ve gotta use your noggin along with the stats.

    The stats can help to formulate who is being impactful defensively, while your eyes physically watching them play should be the greatest determining factor.

    We all know Boozer sucks at D, but the Bulls have him surrounded with excellent defenders so his stock raises. But if you watch ball, you know he is neither that great at man to man, or help defense. And his rating is a product of his teammates. Especially Noah.

    Basically you have to take all things into account. That’s why Gasol won last season. Not because he put up big block/steal numbers, but because he was the anchor to a superb defensive squad.

  • LakeShow

    Thank you for the not so subtle dig at my intelligence… again.

  • LakeShow

    Thanks man.

  • That guy

    You just when Full Derrick Rose,
    You never go full derrick rose.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t worry, i’m still calling you smarter than you were calling me.

  • a101lex

    So people who vote for DPOY watch every single game of every candidate for DPOY? If that’s the case, none of us are in position to have an opinion on this subject.

  • spit hot fiyah

    thanks, i will try that….tomorrow. getting late on this side of the atlantic

  • LakeShow

    I don’t believe I said that they watch every single game…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh haha i was just saying that’s the only way i know how to make pictures smaller. you don’t need to go through all that effort

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s what you assume of me, i might as well do the same.

  • LakeShow

    “don’t care. he’s the leader of that team. his effort should never waiver.”

    That’s a pretty strong stance you made. You said “never waiver.”

    I’m just taking you at your word.

    You should have said: “They shouldn’t be aloud to take any part of a large portion of the game off on the defensive end while still being considered an elite defender.”

  • Dagger

    You’re right, nobody else flops and gets away with it.

  • Dagger

    I hate myself for knowing this, but you have been calling each other stupid for years now. I’m amazed that it still earns a reaction from either of you.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ugh, “never” is an exaggeration if you are going to take it literally as every moment of every game. got it? or do i need to repeat this in another way? i understand the confusion, i should have been more clear. next time i will spell out what i mean so that there is no room for me making an ass out of myself.
    .
    if a team plays hard most of the time but never loses a single game, are you going to say that said undefeated team didn’t give full effort?
    .
    if i said,
    .
    “their effort never wavered” (idk why i keep typing waiver, it’s waver) would you correct me in that scenario? or would that seem like the type of thing that you can assume pertained to the games as a whole.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol

  • LakeShow

    Just a little miscommunication. I’ll try to not read too much into your words next time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it was my fault. and i reacted like sh*t to it. i apologize.

  • Jerome

    PG will win this next year. If Lebron wins this year I’ll have to stop watching all together.

  • LakeShow

    Meh.. As you can tell from myself yesterday, sometimes we just like causing a lil ruckus.

  • LakeShow

    He won’t.

    Hibbert will.

    And because of that very point, it’s fairly inconceivable that PG would win it. Since he plays next a more impactful center. It would be like Tony Allen winning it this season.(if he played more)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    still went and reread it, i went overboard. — and for the record i wasn’t actually calling you stupid, i was frustrated because i felt like you had to think i was mentally handicapped to hold the stance that was being argued

  • notoner
  • LakeShow

    The internets… Where all you have to base arguments on are the words sitting before you.

    Sarcasm, tone, etc don’t really shine through all to well.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    I think DPOY will go to Hibbert…if Gasol played the whole year he’d be in the running…IMO Big Spain, or Sabonis 2.0 is the best defender in the game. I know alot of people won’t agree with me, but defense is more than steals, and blocks, it’s positioning, help side defense, overall IQ…Gasol actually does everything I mentioned, he even steps out, and hedges…Hibbert is close, but Marc is the best….but that’s just my opinion.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Basketball is missing purity…there aren’t alot of pure scorers, defenders, or point guards. I miss the days of real hoopers…Scottie Pippen guarded all 5 posistions easy, well not really center, but that was because they had 3 bigs that were decent….look at some of his stats for the season, who else has lead there team in ppg,rpg, apg,spg, and bpg, and took there team to the playoffs?

  • LakeShow

    Are you looking for an answer? LeBron.

  • LakeShow

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    I hate that he gets away with that mess, flopping is the weakest thing in the world..

  • jayceejohn

    Josh Smith can guard every position and is a rim protector as well unlike Lebron, There are many others that can guard all 5 positions so Lebron your not the only one!

  • pposse

    yo what does ‘acme’ mean?

  • 2chainz

    its just a regular season game…he plays lockdown defense in the playoffs where it matters the most.

  • The Fury

    White Chocolate put The Glove into freeze mode once, damn!!

  • Jerome

    It’s called a prediction. But since you used a meme, you must be right.

  • 2chainz

    hahahahaha

  • 2chainz

    true

  • The Seed

    Just because you stand in front of 5 different positions in a guarding position, does not mean you can guard everyone. Battier plays better defense on people than Lebron does. Also if Lebron is so great on defense, when will he start guarding centers all the time, because they kill Bosh and Haslem.

  • richhomie

    Rodman definitely guarded shaq and kj for very long stretches of games in series…when dumars wasny on mj who you think was guarding him?..the worm!..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man, read what I said

  • Chukaz

    He’s gotta knock it off with the guarding 5 positions bullshit. It’s basketball, you get caught in a switch from time to time. Guarding at least one possession against every position is nothing to talk about. Josh Smith and Al hortford used to do it on a nightly basis when Woodson was coaching Atlanta because he liked to switch all picks to have his two best defenders involved in the play as often as possible. I once saw yao ming hilariously try to check starbury.

  • Evan Boland

    Pathetic

  • Evan Boland

    You sir, are a moron

  • Evan Boland

    Are you actually trying to compare LJ on D to Rodman?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Reading is fundamental

  • Interdico Scriptor

    LeBron or Blake?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ???
    With all due respect; this is yr go at humour?… brother, yr better as a know-it-all. Or, like you say, make it obvious yr joking.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I didn’t see Spit’s comment. I thought yrs was just random.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    That’s my issue with him fullstop. I wish he used that size/skill level to put up the 30+ 10 & 10 season which IMO is possible he could achieve…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    That’s my issue with him fullstop. I wish he used that size/skill level to put up the 30+ 10 & 10 season which IMO is possible he could achieve…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Just imagine yr talking to me or Nathan Shane Long LOL

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Just imagine yr talking to me or Nathan Shane Long LOL

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Putrid. Remember when Augustine bowled him over last year in the WCF?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Neither did LeBron V LAC. You’re not saying LBJ was on Collision for more than a few possessions? nor Deandre??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Neither did LeBron V LAC. You’re not saying LBJ was on Collision for more than a few possessions? nor Deandre??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    NBK or LebRon? Lebron.

  • mad mike

    Yo all know the League #KD MVP #LBJ DPOY two stars right now comin season end thats how the award gonna be.

  • 2chainz

    LeBron

  • ET

    “so, you know. No one has ever done this before.” Right. No one…except Scottie Pippen. Pippen did this on the regular in the 90′s – and he never got defensive player of the year either. If you never saw Pippen in his defensive prime, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9vFHYVXtRk

  • Ben

    He kind of had to force it though, outside of him and Crawford the Clippers were struggling to create offense. Also, Their were a lot of possessions in that game, so their will be more shots for the number one option.

  • guest

    Why not take this guys polite and reasonable statement and think about it rather than doubling down on your douchey disposition?

  • luv2ball

    IMHO Scottie Pippen was the greatest defender ever and he never won DPOY. GP only won it once, and he used to lock people up ever year. It’s a big mans award.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol if you can’t see that LZ was being passive aggressive then we can just say I’m a douche so I was living up to expectations.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I am not criticizing Griffin. Just saying, it’s not like he had some other worldly offensive game.

  • Saleem Rainman

    LeBron

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No I’m not

  • Busta213

    He was clearly shot by a sniper! Smh @ AA arena security….
    Lol

  • Dagger

    Care to explain why, or is this one of your typical unsubstantiated comments?

  • Smits#45

    You’re right… It is. But in my opininion it shouldn’t be…

  • The Seed

    Name the last NBA Player who asked he needed to be the Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Caboose

    One of the typical ones.

  • Jeff

    yes, that’s why he also had 15 rebounds and 6 dimes….and that’s why the entire defense focused on him and being really physical with him, i.e. Oden’s flagrant foul

  • Jeff

    by saying he guarded Collison for that ONE possession, kinda made it that much weaker of an argument

  • TR

    Bogut is DPOY

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I’m still trying to get them to change one the 900 fonts we have in the world “Sarcasm Font” teach it in schools, work, etc. It will solve so many message board fights and internet bullying…. I should get a god damn peace prize for my idea.

  • Kev

    i think if you want to win this award you should guard the best player your opposing team has to offer. that means guarding melo throughout a game and not just a possession or two and leave the rest to shane battier.

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  • backboard

    omg dude. take a hint.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He played really well. However it really was not the type of performance to hurt a players standing as a defender. Not taking anything away from Griffin by not also taking something away from the defense he faced. He played well, the defense played on him wasn’t bad, he just played well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You ever think I purposefully ignored the hint or nah?

  • Jeff

    Wait wait wait. Lemme get this straight. You said he played well? Sorry I didn’t get that since you mentioned it 3 times…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Did you mention wait 3 times while criticizing me mentioning something 3 times? You guys need to work on your ability to embarrass other people

  • JL

    No one has ever done this before? What about someone named Magic Johnson? He wasn’t a great defender, but it’s just incorrect to say no one has done this before. Nobody else does it this season maybe.

  • Jeff

    the way it was used in context, i think mine was more accurate haha.

    and what do you mean by YOU GUYS…racist! haha jk

  • backboard

    you should. thats the point. goodbye

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    cool story bro

  • LakeShow

    So if I’m right, is it because I used a meme? Cause I take back the meme if that’s the case. My prediction is PG will not win DPOTY next season. It will probably be Bogut or a new name next season.

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