After a year like that, he took about three weeks off. And other than a slight hamstring strain that slowed him down the stretch of the regular season, he’s been no worse for that wear.
If he isn’t the MVP the league announces the voting in a few weeks, it’ll be probably the biggest upset in the history of sports. It would be James’ fourth in five years, and plenty of people around him insist that the one year in that span where he didn’t win — the year it went to Derrick Rose — that was voters thumbing their nose at both the his decision to join the Heat and the manner in which that move was announced.
“The other day I was sitting there with him, a week or two ago and it dawned on me, ‘Do you know you’re about to get four MVPs in five years?’ And he’s like, ‘Man, I’m just a kid from Akron,’” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “He could have gotten five in five. Five in five years. This is crazy. He can do whatever he wants on the court. Certain people have certain things they can’t do. He can do everything. Can he be the greatest of all time? He could be.”
James was not with the Heat for their season-finale, tending instead to a personal matter. He is expected to be there Friday when the Heat convene for their first postseason practice, and Spoelstra said there is no cause for alarm about James’ postseason availability.
All his numbers this season would be for naught if the year doesn’t end with another champagne bath.
“You think he’s peaked, that he’s the best basketball player in the world and he comes back better,” Haslem said. “Scary to see what he could possibly be next year.”