Nowitzki: Finals MVP must be from winning team
The incredible performances from LeBron James during the NBA Finals have raised an interesting question: Will James be the second player to win Finals MVP on a losing team?
While James has put up historic numbers and has carried a short-handed Cavs team through every game, a former Finals MVP weighed in with his thoughts about the MVP not being awarded to someone from the winning team.
Here's what Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki told Tim MacMahon at ESPN.com:
“For me, it’s got to be somebody from the winner,” Nowitzki said Tuesday before interacting with kids at a Mavs camp. “That’s how I always viewed the MVP, even though LeBron is playing from another planet and he’s singlehandedly keeping the series close. I’ve always believed the MVP has to come from the winner.
“Steph [Curry] has played amazing the last couple of games. Even Steve Kerr said [Andre] Iguodala has been their best player in the first four games. He’s been phenomenal on both ends of the floor. So I’m sure you can find somebody from the Warriors if they pull through.”
Jerry West was named Finals MVP during the 1969 NBA Finals despite the Los Angeles Lakers losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games.