LeBron James stated numerous times in the last few years he should have won the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award instead of Marc Gasol.
LeBron did not forget about this occurrence, even after the Lakers signed Gasol to a deal this offseason. The Spaniard, however, believes the award would still remain with the Grizzlies that year.
(via the sportsrush.com):
“I believe that trophy is for the Grizzlies in 2013. I think the team that deserved to have that trophy was the Grizzlies,” Gasol said on ESPN.
“For some reason, they picked me. If anybody, the one that should have claimed that trophy was Tony Allen, from my point of view.”
“At the same time, from the First All-Defensive Team, I believe I should be there. But I don’t, and I don’t care. We (LeBron) can have a laugh about it if he wants. If not, I’m sure he can get that this year if he wants to.”
Three Grizzlies made All-Defensive teams that year, and all with plenty of good reason, as Memphis was the best defense in the league during the 2012/13 campaign.