With the MVP Award Hanging in the Balance, How Hard Will LeBron Push Durant?

January 28th, 2014 by Ethan Skolnick Leave a reply »

MIAMI — After LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010, and in the two months prior to the start of that season's training camp, he devoted an inordinate amount of his energy to one aspect of his game: 


James wanted to have better balance on his jumper, better balance in the post, better balance on defense. Eventually, all of those improvements came and, over time, better emotional balance came as well—a contributor to, and a consequence of, his becoming a champion. 

But the need for balance will never cease. 

Not so long as he's expected to walk a tightrope.

Take the 2013-14 MVP debate, which is now front and center as Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder blaze into South Florida to face James and Heat on Wednesday night—with Durant having scored at least 30 points in 11 straight games. 

Let's be clear on this: As of this writing, Durant is the MVP front-runner. This should not surprise. Even I, wowed while witnessing James' brilliance over the past three seasons, projected Durant to win the award this season ...

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