It was widely expected that LeBron James would become the first unanimous NBA MVP this season. However, much like when the same was thought about Shaquille O'Neal back in 2000, he came up one vote short.
That one vote went to Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (who came in third behind Kevin Durant and of course LeBron).
Being the curious bunch that we are, the world wanted to know why Washburn gave his vote to 'Melo over LeBron. To his credit, he as nice enough to tell us:
I have to give him credit for standing up for what he thinks and not voting one way just because everyone else is.
If you didn't feel like watching the clip the basics of his argument center around what he felt is the distinction between being the best player in the league and being the most valuable. With LeBron the Heat are hands down the team to beat in the NBA. Without LeBron they are still a No. 4 or 5 seen.
With 'Melo the Knicks are the No. 2 seed in the East (behind LeBron's Heat). Without 'Melo they are sitting at home watching the playoffs rather than playing.
Okay. There is a logic to his argument, and as an American he has the right to think what he wants to think. I think the rest of the world will likely think he's a little crazy, but oh well.
LeBron will still be one vote short of a unanimous vote, and will still likely hoist his second straight NBA Finals trophy in a few weeks.