Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will not be short of motivation as he enters his 19th season in the NBA.
James, a four-time MVP, sneered at the news that he received zero votes from 10 NBA scouts and executives who participated in an ESPN survey on the best players in the upcoming NBA season.
“Thank you! As if I didn’t need more to [fuel] me!” James wrote on Twitter.
According to the survey, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo netted the most votes with five each.
Durant and Antetokounmpo battled it out in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, with the Bucks hacking out a narrow win in the do-or-die Game 7.
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns in the finals for their first NBA championship in five decades.
James also took to Instagram to air his displeasure by sharing graphics of the news and plastering them with laughing emojis and the hashtag #WashedKing.
Coming off a stellar championship run in the 2019-2020 season, James and the Lakers were heavily favored to defend their throne.
However, the Lakers suffered injuries to key players, most notably on Anthony Davis, as they succumbed to the Suns in the first round.
Los Angeles underwent a major revamp in the offseason with the goal of reclaiming its title by trading the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to acquire former MVP Russell Westbrook.
The Lakers also obtained veterans Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard, and Wayne Ellington, and young guns Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk. – Rappler.com