Lakers' LeBron James reacts after receiving no votes for prime NBA participant in offseason survey

The 2021-22 NBA common season would not start till Oct. 19, however LeBron James already has all of the motivation he wants.

With most main enterprise from the NBA offseason accomplished, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reached out to 10 scouts and league executives to evaluate the most effective, worst and most stunning strikes of the previous few weeks. Bontemps additionally posed what all the time proves to be an attention-grabbing query to the panel: Who’s the most effective participant within the NBA heading into the 2021-22 marketing campaign?

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And the winner is …  wait, it is a tie! Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant acquired 5 votes apiece, and it is easy to see why each gamers can be held in such excessive regard. Antetokounmpo guided the Bucks to their first championship in half a century, snagging the NBA Finals MVP trophy alongside the way in which. Durant regarded very very like the outdated KD throughout the NBA playoffs, then led the U.S. males’s basketball staff to the gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics.

The outcomes have been notable not simply due to the cut up, but in addition due to who was lacking. James did not earn a single vote — and sure, the Lakers star positively observed. The “Washed King” narrative is again, people.

(Some necessary context right here: Bontemps famous that James was talked about by those that have been polled and stated it was “clear all three stars have been on a degree unto themselves at this level.” The scouts and executives nonetheless imagine James is a top-three participant within the league, simply not essentially No. 1.)

This has occurred to James earlier than. When Bontemps requested 20 coaches, scouts and executives the identical query in 2019, Kawhi Leonard (12), Antetokounmpo (six) and James Harden (two) have been the one gamers who acquired votes. James went on to win the NBA title within the Florida “bubble” the subsequent season, and he was the most well-liked identify within the 2020 offseason survey. Win all of it, get votes — looks as if a fairly easy formulation.

James will not be happy concerning the remaining tally, however Lakers followers must be. Getting a extremely motivated LeBron labored out effectively for them final time.

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