At the time, LeBron publicly brushed off missing the distinction.
LeBron, via Michael Wallace of ESPN:
“It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote,” James said during Sunday’s award ceremony at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I know the history between the Heat and the Knicks. So I get it.”
“I tried harder to win Defensive Player of the Year than I did MVP,” James said. “That’s my goal. Coach (Erik Spoelstra) had me guarding every position. We’ll try again next year.”
The vote came from Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn, who voted for Carmelo Anthony.
And LeBron cared more than he let on.
LeBron, via Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
“I was heated,” James said when I asked him. “But I knew all along [I wasn’t getting a unanimous vote]. I just knew it.”
“It just pushed me harder,” James said. “That’s all. It motivated me further.”
If the Cavaliers and Warriors meet in the Finals, don’t be surprised if LeBron tries to “prove” he should have been the first unanimous MVP. 2013 LeBron vs. 2016 Curry was never a choice for voters, and 2016 LeBron – the one who’d be playing in the Finals – isn’t even in the competition. But it doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to motivate LeBron, who, like most players, is looking for any source of inspiration he can find.