LeBron James was presented his fourth MVP award on Sunday, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar believes that James can win more. In fact, Kareem thinks that if James can stay healthy, he could even beat the record for most MVP awards, which Abdul-Jabbar has held since 1980.
According to Chris Tomasson’s Sulia, Abdul-Jabbar said:
“As long as LeBron stays healthy and keeps playing the game at a high level, he, of course, could break my record … The challenges he faces are getting injured or losing interest.’’
The way James has been playing his whole career and especially in the last two years, most basketball fans would probably echo what Kareem said. LeBron is so far ahead of the pack right now that it is not even fair. This year, he was just one vote shy of becoming the first unanimous MVP in the history of the sport, which clearly portrays just how dominant he is.
James is only 28 and we still don’t know if he has hit his ceiling. His numbers are out of this world and he is by far the best player in the league, but could he get even better? What if he will still be the best player in the league in a couple of years, but his numbers take a dip? Would voters use that as an excuse to vote for someone else? It is hard to say at this point.
However, Kareem brings up two valid points. There are so many superstars that have been crippled by injury, something that James has been fortunate enough to avoid. He truly looks like an indestructible basketball machine, but once you hit your 30s and play the way he does, the bumps and bruises don’t heal quite as fast.
Derrick Rose is a great example of a guy who could probably have won more MVP awards, but he has yet to return to the court following an ACL tear.
Losing interest is also a good point. James loves the game of basketball and has said that he wants to go down as the best player in the history of the sport, but some players, even superstars, do get fed up with the sport every now and again.
James would need three more MVP trophies to surpass Kareem, and at this point, that doesn’t seem like an unattainable goal.