That is the view of Fox Sports pundit Chris Broussard.
The Los Angeles Lakers star is days away from returning after suffering a groin injury on Christmas Day.
He strained his groin against the Golden State Warriors and has been out ever since.
Since losing James to injury, the Lakers have struggled and lost ten games, winning just five.
And with his return imminent, Broussard assessed the chances of James turning the team’s form around and being named MVP.
“Talking about the MVP, I think he’s out of it,” he admitted.
“I’m a voter, and Bill Warren won it in 1978 playing 58 games, but the 70’s was crazy,
“Bob Hatton and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] won it without making the playoffs, it was a different time.
“Allen Iverson missed 11 games in 2003 when he won, and James Harden missed ten last week, those are the most that any player recently has missed and still won it.
“He’s [James] missed 15, I think if he’s going to win it, maybe if he’s incredibly spectacular and lifts them from ninth to third, and this goes beyond your usual LeBron 27-7-7.”
James was playing well before his injury, but Broussard insisted he will need to improve still if he has any MVP hopes.
“I think he would have to be other-worldly in order to be named MVP, especially with James Harden doing what he’s doing,” he continued.
“So I think it’s done.
“He’s going to have to be at his absolute career best and they’d better rise to third.”
James could return when the Lakers face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
Published at Sat, 26 Jan 2019 03:45:00 +0000