LeBron James: Durant deserves to win NBA MVP award

The Associated PressMay 5, 2014
LeBron James: Durant deserves to win NBA MVP award
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - May 3, 2014: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 3, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James of the Miami Heat says Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award.

It's expected that Durant will be announced as this season's MVP later this week. James has lauded Durant's play this season several times in recent weeks, doing so again on Monday.

James says: ''Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.''

James is a four-time winner of the league's MVP award, taking the honor in each of the previous two seasons.