NBA fans are once again accusing ESPN of having a bias for LeBron James.
During Tuesday afternoon’s edition of “The Jump”, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne stated that she was voting LeBron James for MVP, not for his stats but because she’s a “narrative-based voter” and she believes LeBron should win because he was able to navigate through the entire Lakers’ trade fiasco last season.
See it’s stuff like this that got the NBA ratings low pic.twitter.com/8zavqSO8EG
— Narrative based voter (@RetroBoominati) August 11, 2020
I voted for LeBron James because I tend to be a narrative-based voter and I feel like LeBron James took a playoff team that missed the playoffs six years in a row up to the top spot in the west after all of the dysfunction before
Shelburne wasn’t the only ESPN reporter to consider voting for LeBron for MVP based solely on narratives. Earlier in the season, Dave McMenamin said LeBron was the MVP because he had to deal with China controversy and Kobe Bryant’s death.
The Jump talking about the MVP race between Lebron & Giannis
"He (Lebron) has navigated a China controversy & maybe the biggest tragedy in the history of the NBA this season (Kobe's death). That's extra stuff that Giannis isn't going through…" pic.twitter.com/PtIra7jvJu
— KÏŁŁÄ ČÄM (@FTBeard1) March 9, 2020
Respectfully, she should lose her vote next year. https://t.co/Ithc0Ttgox
— A.K (@Kungu_NBA) August 11, 2020
"I voted for LeBron after the dysfunction of the summer stemming from the agency he started doing anything but strong armed robbery to get Anthony Davis in a Laker uniform "
MAKES EXCELLENT SENSE!!!!!! https://t.co/BbRi6z6mEW
— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) August 11, 2020
Narrative based voting. Nice. So MVP awards aren’t rewarded to the most valuable player. https://t.co/xE2nYB0wYn
— Kev (@KevBoy_) August 11, 2020
"I tend to be more of a narrative based voter" is a wild thing to admit to when you have an actual tangible vote. https://t.co/qLD4D4UfbQ
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) August 11, 2020
this is legitimately the worst reasoning i’ve ever heard https://t.co/dazcKlMTl0
— kev UC (@kevinOMO_) August 11, 2020
MVP isn’t even about best player. It’s about who has the best narrative/story. Just terrible all around. https://t.co/XbzqN0nzlV
— wet ass kimberly. (@probIemthots) August 11, 2020