There’s no doubt that LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but many ESPY Awards viewers were livid when he took home the award for Best Championship Performance at Wednesday night's show.
James averaged 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in last month's NBA Finals, but it wasn't enough and the Golden State Warriors defeated James' Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. However, that wasn't enough to prevent James from scooping the ESPY.
That competition included San Francisco Giants World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player Lauren Haeger from the University of Florida.
Considering all three of LeBron’s competitors actually won their respective championships, viewers were not pleased with ESPN’s decision to give the Cavs’ star the award. One heckler at the ESPYs show even called out, “Second place!” as LeBron accepted the trophy. LeBron took that diss in stride, but the response on Twitter was even more virulent.
Chill that Lebron can win Best Championship Performance without winning the championship #ESPYS
— Ashley Hamilton (@AshleyHammm) July 16, 2015
How does Lebron James win the best championship performance as a LOSER? #wtf
— Jeff Ho (@jlho_1980) July 16, 2015
You say what Lebron James did, losing, in the championship series is more worthy of an award than America Pharaoh? What a joke. I hate him
— Sam Curtis (@Scurtis7700) July 16, 2015
So Lebron James wins "Best Championship Performance" when he LOST the finals.... Lol what?
— Zachary Ruth (@ZacharyRuth17) July 16, 2015
are you serious? LeBron James getting an award for NOT winning the championship? This is ridiculous- give it to the horse. He made history.
— Joe Thornton (@jrobertthornton) July 16, 2015