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

by February 12, 2014

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.”