NBA legend LeBron James has reacted angrily to an ESPN poll in which he didn't receive a single vote for the current best player in the NBA.
The poll, which collated the views of anonymous NBA scouts and executives, resulted in a split vote between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant, who both received five nominations each.
Antetokounmpo powered the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA title last season while Brooklyn Nets player Durant recently led Team USA to a fourth straight gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
But although James, 36, was said to be mentioned by those polled, he ultimately didn't receive any votes and on Thursday, he took to social media to make his feelings clear.
First, James replied to the Twitter hashtag #Washed with his own hashtag #SUPERWASHED. Shortly after, he took to Instagram with his now signature #WashedKing caption.
But James, the only player to have won championships with three franchises as NBA finals MVP, then insisted the result would provide him with more motivation as he heads into his 19th NBA season.
"Thank you!" he tweeted sarcastically.
"As if I didn't need more to fuel me."
Of course, this isn't the first time James has been angered by a perceived lack of appreciation. Following his first world title with the Lakers in 2020, he called for both himself and the team to be given more respect by the NBA fans and media.
He has also consistently used the #WashedKing hashtag in the past two years, which he says helps motivate him.
Earlier this summer, James twice deleted tweets where he took aim at those criticising the Lakers after the Russell Westbrook trade and a host of veteran signings – with the franchise heading into the 2021/22 campaign with one of the oldest rosters in NBA history.
Even basketball video game NBA 2K hasn't escaped his wrath despite giving James a 96 rating for 2K22, tying him with Durant, Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry as the highest rated players in the game.
The 17-time NBA All-Star has said he feels both Durant and Curry have been underrated by the game makers.
Despite his misgivings, James is widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history and is frequently compared to Michael Jordan in debates over the greatest basketball player. Jordan, 58, famously won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls.
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