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Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal has tipped Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the league MVP award for the second successive season ahead of LeBron James.
The Milwaukee Bucks superstar was averaging a tied-third 29.6 points per game prior to the league’s suspension back in March, was tied-third with 13.7 rebounds per game and led the NBA with 10.9 field goals made per game to help his side to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, James played a starring role in taking the Lakers to the top of the Western Conference with 25.7 points per game, a league-high 10.6 assists per game and a second-most 13 triple-doubles.
“Based on the new criteria that somebody somehow made up, I don’t know how, because there was a guy that beat me out twice and they said he beat me out because his record was better than mine,” said O’Neal.
“Based on that BS criteria, Giannis is 53-13, LeBron is the best player in the world, he is 49-14. So based on this new criteria, you’ve got to give it to Giannis. Based on the new criteria that was made up when I lost twice.
“Listen, LeBron can win every year. What I respect about Giannis is, he said ‘okay LeBron, I respect you and all that, but I don’t want to join no super team, I want to do it my myself’.
“He lives in Milwaukee and you put him with coach Bud (Mike Budenholzer), the kid plays hard, he’s very exciting to watch and he’s doing it the right way, I’m giving him super respect for that so he gets my nod.
“But I know LeBron is going to be hearing this, so hopefully he’s hearing this and gets mad because I want to see a Lakers/Milwaukee finals, that’s what I want to see.”
Source- Sky Sports