What James is doing at 35 is “incredible,” said Davis after a big 112-103 win Sunday against the LA Clippers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the award front-runner for much of the season, but LeBron’s recent play has suddenly made the race fascinating and extremely competitive.
“At 35, what this [expletive] is doing is incredible. He is the MVP,” Anthony Davis told Yahoo Sports after registering 30 points, eight rebounds and two steals. “That’s no disrespect to that [expletive] in Milwaukee. Giannis is having a hell of a year, but if you think about what the most valuable player means, that’s ’Bron to us. Look at our numbers when he’s off the floor. He’s the MVP.”
In back-to-back games, James outplayed Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard in nationally televised contests.
“It’s my responsibility to put this team in a position to be successful,” James said. “They look at me as a leader. And it’s my job, not only on the floor to get guys opportunities, get them great looks, but to inspire them as well. To show them that I’m not slowing down, even at this stage of my career.”
In a possible Western Conference finals preview between two teams with contrasting styles, the Lakers took Round 3 and discovered they don’t have to change their approach to compete and beat their in-town rival.
“We’re a good team just the way we are,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “We’re not soft, we’re pretty good and especially with [LeBron].”