Lebron James won the NBA MVP award, but was one vote shy of being the first unanimous winner. James received 1,207 points and 120 out of a possible 121 first-place votes, with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony receiving one vote. James beat out, in order: Thunder forward Kevin Durant (765 points), Anthony (475 points), Clippers guard Chris Paul (289 points) and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (184 points).
“It was probably a writer out of New York who didn’t give me that vote,” James said Sunday of Anthony’s first-place vote. “We know the history between the Heat and Knicks so I get it.”
He couldn’t have been more wrong. On Monday, Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn explained why he voted for Anthony over James.