LeBron James admits frustration about never having won Defensive Player of the Year

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Regardless of the outcome of tonight's Finals game seven between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' CV will still look mighty impressive.

With two titles already, four regular season MVP awards, two Finals MVP's, 12 All-Star appearances, a league scoring title and Rookie of the Year honours (to name but a few), James has achieved virtually everything there is to do in the game.

One thing that is missing, though, is a Defensive Player of the Year award. Speaking during Saturday's media availability ahead of tonight's game seven, the future Hall of Famer admitted that is something that grates on his, and it remains on his NBA to-do list:

"It's something I pride more than the offensive end," he said when asked about his defensive contribution in the Finals. 

"I've been highly upset that I've never won Defensive Player of the Year. It was a goal of mine. It's still a goal of mine, so we'll see what happens with that the rest of my career."

Perhaps because of his stellar efforts on the offensive side, James' defense sometimes goes unnoticed, but with almost 800 career blocks and 1,657 steals (24th most in NBA history) there's no doubt he can be a dominant two-way player.

In the past four games alone, the Ohio-native has 11 blocks and 10 steals, and his running down of Steph Curry in game six was one of the most iconic moments of the Finals series to date.

Whether, at 31 years of age, he has enough left in the tank to compete with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green for the DPOY award is another question, however. 

If James can produce another dominant two-way display tonight, though, he might well have a third ring that will more than make up for the absence of the defensive honour.

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