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LeBron irked by DPOY snub

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06:55 AM ET 04.26 | Just what the NBA needs: An extra-motivated LeBron James. Memphis center Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player of the Year, finishing 14 first place votes ahead of [James], with Serge Ibaka third. During his first media availability since the announcement, James made his feelings clear. "It sucks," James said. "It sucks. It sucks." James was asked if his candidacy for other awards -- notably the MVP -- hurt his chances. "I don't know," James said. "It definitely sucks, though. Finishing second? Who wants to finish second?" Was this his best defensive season? "Probably," James said. "I mean, I guard everybody on the floor. I don't know if there's one player in NBA history who's guarded one through five (positions)."

The Palm Beach Post

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April 26, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Waaaa Waaaaa

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April 26, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Hey, Lebron.....

Shutty!!!

April 26, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Don't worry LeBron . . . you're a runaway for biggest crybaby and self-centered NBA player EVER!!!!!!!!! You're a joke!!!

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April 26, 2013  08:41 AM ET

This from the guy who says it's not about him, but about the team...can't wait to see them bounced from the playoffs...

April 26, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Dang, sore loser! Be graceful when you lose sometimes....

Anyways, I was surprise when Marc won it. I thought Ibaka would win it this year.

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April 26, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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What does this guy want? MVP, DPOY, MIP...etc ? C'mon Lebron let's give other guys some credit also. Be happy if you get MVP. It's a higher award than DPOY.

It's called being a winner. The difference between the guy who wants to start and the guy who is happy to just be on the team. It's the difference between the guy who just works out with the team and the guy who puts in an extra set or two or three when everybody leaves. LeBron just admits his feelings where MJ would still feel slighted and go out and try to dunk on Gasol whenever they played to prove a point.

April 26, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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The guy used to walk around in public wearing this. Not exactly humble is he...

Nothing there....re post.

April 26, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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It's called being a winner. The difference between the guy who wants to start and the guy who is happy to just be on the team. It's the difference between the guy who just works out with the team and the guy who puts in an extra set or two or three when everybody leaves. LeBron just admits his feelings where MJ would still feel slighted and go out and try to dunk on Gasol whenever they played to prove a point.

Agreed. Not a damn thing wrong with wanting to win everything. Habits of accepting less than that are what guys like Melo are made of.

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April 26, 2013  08:56 AM ET

LeBron and Bieber need to take lesson on how to keep their thoughts to themselves.

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April 26, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Let me see what Fink says.......then I will agree, err I mean comment

April 26, 2013  09:09 AM ET

The arrogance that spews out of this guy is amazing. Has he ever heard of Ervin Johnson? "I don't' know if there is one player in NBA HISTORY who's guarded the 1-5". Very humble.

April 26, 2013  09:14 AM ET

But I covered all 5 positions! Who does that! The award should have been mine!

 
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