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07:01 AM ET 05.06 | Not one, not two, not three -- perhaps LeBron James had MVP awards in mind, too. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells FOX Sports Fla. LeBron can break his record of 6 MVPs/doesn't know how would feel if does. "As long as LeBron stays healthy and keeps playing the game at a high level, he, of course, could break my record," Abdul-Jabbar wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida minutes after James had been awarded his fourth MVP trophy. "The challenges he faces are getting injured or losing interest." So how would Abdul-Jabbar feel if James topped his record, which has stood since the center won his sixth MVP in 1980? "I don't know how I will feel until it happens," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

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May 6, 2013  08:46 AM ET

What about 6 rings? That wont change me at all, but I suspect it would with a lot of other people!

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May 6, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I hope he breaks every record he can.

May 6, 2013  09:34 AM ET

jgb- you dislike a man who has never caused harm to any one person. He doesn't get a microphone in his face and talk like a moron, he doesn't sit there and say how bad his teammates are, he doesn't hardly say anything about himself unless hes asked. He spent much of his espn mvp interview talking about how much he wanted to do outside of basketball to help improve life. All of you people that have this huge dislike for lebron james clearly select who you like, solely on the sport and not based on legitimacy of life changing actions. You, jgb, are clearly not a fan of basketball or progress.

May 6, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Records Are Made To Be Broken, Bro.

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May 6, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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on court vs off court-he could go down as a top 5 player ever if he can sustain his level for 5-7 more years.....but I don't know what it would take for me to actually 'like' the guy, maybe if he cures cancer, fixes the economy and stops wearing a headband....:)

Hey I agree with you.. but you know people here and elsewhere, # of rings matters. If he somehow gets 5-6 rings.. they will consider him the GOAT or at least argue that much.

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May 6, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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It doesn't matter that lbj is the best player......Most of us don't like him....and winning rings and MVPs won't change that.As he said....we have our own pathetic lives and he goes back to his mansion- there are a lot of these nuggets and actions....hes given for us to dislike himAnd a ring or 2 or 3 doesn't erase things

I once again have to think you have misinterpreted that quote. To me he was saying 'Yah sure the haters got joy from him losing to Dallas, but tomorrow you go back to your real world where a basketball player's losing is unimportant, whereas it is (or should be) important only to him' But haters have to take the quote in a way that is consistent with the hate or as you did change the substance and words of the quote to fit your hating interpretation.

May 6, 2013  12:29 PM ET
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It doesn't matter that lbj is the best player......Most of us don't like him....and winning rings and MVPs won't change that.As he said....we have our own pathetic lives and he goes back to his mansion- there are a lot of these nuggets and actions....hes given for us to dislike himAnd a ring or 2 or 3 doesn't erase things

Agree.

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May 6, 2013  02:55 PM ET
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I said I dislike him, not hate him-what do I know about him? I know his actions that we see.he's quit on his team, he's insulted fans, he's walked off courts like a spoiled brat, and there has been more things-Did I say put him to the electric chair? nobut do I have to 'like' him cause he can dribble a ball ? nodoes winning a game/ring make all past actions go away? no

You act like he committed an unforgivable crime.

May 6, 2013  04:19 PM ET
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jgb- you dislike a man who has never caused harm to any one person. He doesn't get a microphone in his face and talk like a moron, he doesn't sit there and say how bad his teammates are, he doesn't hardly say anything about himself unless hes asked. He spent much of his espn mvp interview talking about how much he wanted to do outside of basketball to help improve life. All of you people that have this huge dislike for lebron james clearly select who you like, solely on the sport and not based on legitimacy of life changing actions. You, jgb, are clearly not a fan of basketball or progress.

Dude. Lebron is the most polarizing athlete of this generation. It's not what he does on the court anymore, that will determine whether the masses applaud him. It's how he has carried himself in the past, and present. He acted shocked that their was 1 reporter who didn't give him a vote. In my opinion, I don't even want to here my MVP mention that ****. "It is what it is, I'm just grateful for the award" instead of must have been a reporter from the New York area. He is a great player, but he'll never be humble. Plain and simple, he isn't an easy person to like. He is the egocentric self centered star athlete that has no clue about how arrogant he is, you would almost think it was written for a hollywood comedy. Then after he won a championship, it almost seem like he thought his past would all of a sudden be forgotten, and continued on with his plight of righteousness. Great player, but I tell my kids that is the type of person you don't want to be.

I don't like him, and I know lots of people who don't like him, and it doesn't matter how good he plays or how may championships he wins, I will never like him. If he didn't act like a baby when he felt he had been lamb basted in the media for being disrespectful to his previous organization and listen to his entorage, worrying more about image than the poor decision he had just made and thinking they could go out and win 6, 7, 8 championships without even playing a game, maybe I could respect him. When you whining on national television about how you feel your getting this negative attention from the press, your a baby. Be a man, know you made bad decisions, and go out, and make it right. Don't listen to what their saying, let them see who you really are. But this is who he is, and that is why people think he's a--hole. Because he is!

May 6, 2013  04:26 PM ET
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You act like he committed an unforgivable crime.

No crime. He just makes it real easy to dislike him. He doesn't hide the fact that he is a self center, egotistical, righteous s o b, in fact, he seems to be proud of it. So no one should be surprised that he has "Haters", when someone who is easy to "hate". Now if he acted this way, and wasn't a superstar athlete, everyone would think he is an "insert insult here". But because he is an amazing basketball player, he acts, and his fans act, like this behavior is tolerable.

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May 6, 2013  05:16 PM ET
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Dude. Lebron is the most polarizing athlete of this generation. It's not what he does on the court anymore, that will determine whether the masses applaud him. It's how he has carried himself in the past, and present. He acted shocked that their was 1 reporter who didn't give him a vote. In my opinion, I don't even want to here my MVP mention that ****. "It is what it is, I'm just grateful for the award" instead of must have been a reporter from the New York area. He is a great player, but he'll never be humble. Plain and simple, he isn't an easy person to like. He is the egocentric self centered star athlete that has no clue about how arrogant he is, you would almost think it was written for a hollywood comedy. Then after he won a championship, it almost seem like he thought his past would all of a sudden be forgotten, and continued on with his plight of righteousness. Great player, but I tell my kids that is the type of person you don't want to be. I don't like him, and I know lots of people who don't like him, and it doesn't matter how good he plays or how may championships he wins, I will never like him. If he didn't act like a baby when he felt he had been lamb basted in the media for being disrespectful to his previous organization and listen to his entorage, worrying more about image than the poor decision he had just made and thinking they could go out and win 6, 7, 8 championships without even playing a game, maybe I could respect him. When you whining on national television about how you feel your getting this negative attention from the press, your a baby. Be a man, know you made bad decisions, and go out, and make it right. Don't listen to what their saying, let them see who you really are. But this is who he is, and that is why people think he's a--hole. Because he is!

Fair enough.

I think he's a pretty swell guy, though, personally.

 
May 6, 2013  11:28 PM ET
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Not always certain about things- though my opionons are typically strongBut on that I am 100% certain he basically was saying f all of us, I'm a rich man you are losers

That's cause you are a hater.

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