Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was named NBA MVP yesterday, a move which means someone other than LeBron James will hold the honor for the first time since 2011.

But while the Miami Heat star was gracious towards the newly crowned MVP, LeBron did manage to come up with an excuse as to why he was overlooked in 2013-14...

And it had nothing to do with his own form:

"I think I played well enough to win it, but I don't think our team played well enough to win it," James explained via Bleacher Reports reporter Ethan J. Skolnick.

"We had too many up and down stretches throughout the season, and if my team's not winning, then I shouldn't be the MVP."

The Heat finished second in the Eastern Conference during the 2013-14 regular season with a 54-28 record, but their campaign failed to live up to pre-season expectations with many claiming the team were coasting towards the postseason.

LeBron himself finished with stats of 27.1 points and 6.4 assists per game but lost out my more than 400 votes for the coveted the end of season award.

The Heat seem to have rectified their inconsistency in the postseason however, with LeBron and his teammates having won all five of their playoff games to date.

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