"No, you." "No, you go ahead." The back and forth played out in the media is rather nice and humble, but someone is going to have to claim the NBA's 2011-12 Most Valuable Player trophy and, at this point, Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant says that it rightfully belongs to LeBron James of the Miami Heat. It's hard to argue with James' numbers this season, or any for that matter, with 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
"He deserves all the love (for MVP)," said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. "He's playing phenomenal basketball. I'm just trying to get better every single game and trying to help my team as much as I can. I'm just blessed to be in that conversation."
It's not as if any player would say straight up that they deserve to be the favorite, but Durant could be right on this one. However, he does warrant the same consideration after the Thunder's ascension to first place in the Western Conference and numbers similar to James' with 27.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. It's likely to come down to those two players for the final trophy in the end. Here's hoping someone will just step up and claim it rather than say, "No, I couldn't possibly..."