Even with his coach vowing to limit his minutes during the regular season, LeBron James thinks he can win a fifth MVP this year and only has to look to the guy that beat him out for the award the past two seasons, Stephen Curry, for evidence. “No,” James said Saturday when asked if he was concerned that planned rest could affect his MVP case. “Because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP.”
James is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the third-most MVPs in league history with four. A reporter suggested that James could enter into even more elite company with a fifth. “So, I’m not elite?” James quipped. Another reporter gave it back to James, arguing that of course he knows the names of the people who have won five. “I do,” James admitted.
He came back stronger as a sophomore, leading the Longhorns to the 2006 Elite Eight before he was selected with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. On Friday, Aldridge was named to the UT Hall of Honor. Receiving an excused absence from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich from Friday’s preseason game against Miami, Aldridge was one of thirteen Longhorns honored as distinguished and decorated former UT student-athletes and staff. He was back in Austin, where he spent many hours sitting on a wooden block, remaking his shot and defining his work ethic in the process.
On All-NBA 1st Team snub: “Of course it starts with winning, but I don’t really understand how that played out. Not a knock against DeAndre Jordan because he’s a friend and also an incredible player, but I don’t understand how that happened.” “It’s a lot of questions and a lot of politics, we all know that. We won’t speak on it, but we know it’s the truth.”