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LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration.

But for LeBron James, it’s somehow another reflection of his failures, another illustration of what he’s not.

To be clear, James was the winner of the award as the AP reported Friday for good reason. He put in not the most efficient season of his career, or the most statistically significant. It wasn’t his best season defensively, he wasn’t the best player on the best team (a terrible way to decide the award) , and he certainly didn’t carry his team further than the other candidates given his sparkling supporting cast.

But for James, this was his most impactful season. You saw him everywhere, and you saw him controlling the game. Running the offense, finishing on the break, blocking chase downs, locking up the best perimeter players, locking up the best post players, playing in the post on offense, hitting shots on the outside. Even his fourth quarter foibles took a step up in the last month of the season. There should be nothing but celebration and praise for James’ play.

But there won’t be. There will, however, be a lot of this.

“That’s OK, LeBron, but where are your rings?”

and

“Individual MVPs don’t make champions.”

As if James, who did not lobby for this award, who did not ask for his third in four years, who never insinuated that this award means anything other than the respect of the voters, asked to be held by this standard, to be anointed as champion based on winning a Kia. I get it. The “Chosen One” tattoo. The King moniker which is as much a Nike marketing ploy as anything. There’s no doubting it’s obnoxious. But the bitterness surrounding what has truly been a magnificent season is still shocking.

James was voted the league’s most valuable player, but in his context, it means something entirely different. It would be a pain to fit on the trophy, but “Most Valuable Player despite a considerable portion of the voters  hating him and deliberately withholding votes last year based on his decision to hold a televised event regarding his free agency which probably also impacted this year’s vote and in  spite of a stunning revilement of the idea of going to play with the best of your peers in a league featuring six teams with multiple stars angling for a title in the playoffs” is a bit more accurate. James didn’t just win the vote this year, he won the vote despite people’s intentions.

If there was a way for the voters not to vote for James in good conscience, they would have found it. This isn’t to say Kevin Durant wasn’t worthy. He most certainly was. But if anything, this award should impress you more. He managed to have people basically say “Look, I don’t like it, but he really was the best/most impactful/most outstanding/most valuable basketball player this season.” That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment. And yet it won’t be held as such. It only makes the pressure greater. It’s like throwing bits of cheese on top of Kilimanjaro, but that’s not the point. Winning MVP isn’t validation for James, it’s just another indictment. “You won the individual award, but what about the championship which we always say is about the team unless we’re debating your legacy in which case you need to single-handedly do everything at all times?”

And here’s the kicker. I’m not even complaining that it’s not fair. It is fair. Well, maybe not fair, but it’s simply how this gig works. It’s the price for that “great life” he talked about after the Game 6 loss last year in the Finals. This is what comes with having James’ gift. He’s the most gifted athlete of our time, and his failures, while pretty understandable and relatively on track with that one guy who we stupidly compare everyone to, are undeniable. The rings, they have not come. And so James will accept another trophy, another car to donate to charity, the accolades and backhanded compliments that come with it.

And if he does manage to win a ring, becoming one of the few over the past twenty years to win MVP and the title in the same season?

Well, then, that’s a whole other conversation we’re going to have to have.

(Side note: There’s also a lot of this today: “Just saying, LeBron! Very few players have won the title the same year they won MVP!” as if one thing had anything to do with the other. What, are the voters failing to elect the right person because he doesn’t win the title? Does the real best, or most valuable, or most exceptional, or most whatever you want to call him player always win the title? Was the MVP Dirk Nowitzki last year? Or Kobe Bryant in a comparatively down season in 2010? How about Dwyane Wade in 2006? Furthermore, is that supposed to spook James? Not that he reads the random twitter babbling of idiots, but if he did, is he really going to say “Oh, man, trying to beat Kevin Garnett and the Celtics who have expelled me from the playoffs every season but last when Rajon Rondo was injured and the Spurs/Thunder/Lakers is one thing, but having to win despite a correlation with absolutely no causation that’s occurred, that’s real pressure?” )

  1. zblott - May 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    James definitely won the award in spite of what the voters wanted, very similar to Ty Cobb earning the most votes into baseball’s initial HOF class. Yes, even more than Babe Ruth who people decades later who never saw the two men play now assume was better.

  2. reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Everyone knows Lebrons decision was pretty darm stupid as well as his championship guarantees. At the same time, outside of Cleveland, not 1 person can give me a legitimate reason for hating the man….im still waiting…and please dont use the recent flopping as to why…something every single person in this league does. Obviously its amplified because he is who he is….

    • newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Exactly: he did what just about any American would’ve done. Do something YOU want to do. He didn’t cheat on his wife with hundreds of women, be responsible for the mistreatment of dogs, abuse drugs and lie about it: just a great player and decided to make a decision that he thought was best for himself. More power to him. Far as we as the fans are concerned: we should be entertained on the matter of basketball (which he does REALLY good). I and nobody else should have any reason to hate him. He’s a basketball player who wants to win. It is amplified cause hes arguably the best in the league but it’s still basketball. And if Cleveland wants to hate someone, hate your franchise and the leaders and owners of it. Play and compete. Stop whining

      • reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Another thing I have noticed…ESPN will brainwash you to lean a certain way(just like the news, duh). Whenever Miami loses a game, ESPN will show how Miami lost the game(highlights of misses, blown layups, turnovers) instead of showing how the other team actually WON the game. Hell, I was half-drunk when i noticed it. Quite obvious.

      • lyndseymarieee - May 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        I’m pretty sure the fact that he left Cleveland has nothing to do with why people dislike him. I *think* it’s because of the big hoopla surrounding “The Decision” and the fact that he couldn’t just quietly decide and then announce to the people that needed to know his decision. He is an attention whore. Or was at the time. And that turned a lot of people off.

      • scalfor3 - May 13, 2012 at 2:18 AM

        people dont hate lebron necessarily for leaving cleveland. they hate him for the arrogant, self-serving way he did it.

    • rufe - May 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      I don’t hate him. I don’t like him. Singularly for refusing to shake his opponents hand and then defending his poor sportsmanship by stating that he does not “accept” losing. Said with a straight face. He shook the hands of the next opponents to knock him out. Guess he could “accept” it then. He has never (as far as I know) acknowledged that he acted like a spoiled brat, sore loser and all around bad example for a kid to emulate. Am I really supposed to like him?

      • reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Call me crazy…if you’re NOT a sore loser in the NBA, you need to go take up basket weaving. These aren’t children. These are grown men making millions. I would be sore after any loss. I just witnessed a game 6 within the last week where not 1 person from either team shook hands. Instead, chunked the dueces to the other side of the court. Come on man…you’re nitpicking….

    • tharealdeal216 - May 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve been on this site for a while and I’ve yet to run across someone in the comments section who says they hate the guy. If pointing out the weaknesses in his game and how he shrivels in the biggest moments is being a hater, then add me to that list. You can also put any and every pro scout on that list as well. Of course the decision was stupid… he threw an entire city, team, and fanbase under the bus for what… 2 more finals wins than he had on his 1st trip? I’m not a nut-hugger who makes excuses for his inexplicable disappearance in the big moments. Is he a great talent? No question. But great talent does not put you on the list of greatest ever. Besides, when are these guys gonna wake up and realize it takes a big man to win a ring? In the past 30 years, almost every single finals winner had a great/good center that had a GREAT series, the exception, of course, is MJ’s Bulls teams and the ’04 Pistons.

    • cantonbound13 - May 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      I wasn’t just his ridiculous decision show & guaranteeing 9 championships on stage. What about going on Larry King live the night Kobe was going for his 5th ring in the NBA Finals to try and grab all the attention talking about his future? What about the time he was eliminated from the playoffs against Orlando & didn’t shake anyone’s hand? What about mocking Dirk & fake coughing during the finals?
      His arrogance & immaturity is why he is disliked by so many. Only Heat fans (majority of which just started following the NBA 2 years ago) like & defend LeBron.

    • david0303 - May 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      im confused as to why i can’t use flopping as a reason why i dislike him. sure everyone does it but his are much worse than most and then he’ll wink at the person just to piss them off. i also dont like players who completely disapear in big games. if he changes that then maybe my view of him will change but after last years finals i lost alot of respect for him.

      i dont like him for much of the things he does off the court also. he follows around and does exactly what d wade does. when wade hit the game winning shot and did the super man lebron followed him and did the exact same thing. when wade made fun of someone for being sick lebron was right behind him coughing.

      i hate how hes changed the way super stars are in this league. before him guys like kobe and jordan wouldnt back down to anyone and invite the phsyical play. i like the superstars like d rose (who absolutely hates lebron), durant, and westrbook who are humble and play for themselves and their cities.

      hes a great player but i really dont like him. what more legitimate reasons do i have to have for not liking him?

      • reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Like I said before, not the first time guys haven’t shaken hands after losing a big game. As for going on Larry King, sounds like he was asked to attend, and accepted. I personally, wouldn’t have told Larry “lets wait until the championship game is over”. Kobe just mocked Dirk this year, saying his shot is ugly and terrible and everything else. Fake coughing? I can name 1000 things worse than fake coughing. I’m not defending him, just want to know why everyone goes out of their way to hate him. As for his arrogance, he has had cameras in his face before he even graduated middle school, let alone being the most physically gifted baller ever. It kind of comes with territory. It’s not like he ran in the stands and started pounding fans, or pushed jj out of mid air going for a layup.

        Being an OKC fan, I can say that westbrook is NOt humble. He has a badass attitude. I don’t care but its true. KD is one of a kind, that’s that. His flopping is not worse dude, ESPN just shows the replay 100 times in a row, so you can get on here and say just how bad he is. You lost all respect because a person didn’t play to YOUR standards? Or do what YOU want him to do? That’s all this is about. I’d wink at players to throw their game off too and to piss them off a little. Why do you care what he does off court?… He’s not doing anything ignorant or in the news for anything illegal. Before he left and went to Miami, nobody had anything to say. As soon as he leaves you turn on the TV and learn to hate him like the TV tells you to do.

      • reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Btw Jordan was arrogant… Kobe is arrogant…this isn’t an argument…. If you need examples as to how they were as are arrogant, I’ll start my list.

      • david0303 - May 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        obviously jordan and kobe are arrogant but they back it up. lebron backs down on the biggest stage hence one of the reasons why i dont like him. am i allowed to not like a player because of that or do i have to completely ignor that too along with the flopping?

      • david0303 - May 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        its amazing to me that people are giving thumbs down because i dont like a player. i dont care if you like him or not but its a PERSONAL opinion. im sure everyone has players they dont like for one reason or another that other people dont agree with.

    • mornelithe - May 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Hate’s a bit strong, anyone who ‘hates’ someone they don’t know, needs to seriously re-analyze how they judge people. He’s a great ball player, and one cannot deny that in the slightest, however, his behavior pushes me towards the ‘don’t like him’ column. Some of the things he’s said, some of the mass commercialization that he’s allowed himself to be part of, and mocking Nowitzki for being sick….they just leave a bad impression.

      But, I also think it’s important to note, that’s just my opinion, and who really gives a rats arse? lol…I’m just one fan out of tens of millions. And while it’d certainly go a long way with ME if he could cut that crap out, that’s entirely his decision.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Part of the reason that I hate him is the media hype before he came into the league, acting as if Kobe wasn’t just entering his prime and was (and still is the better and more complete player) not even in the league.

      Then this self-entitled, smug mindset.

      Then the stupid press conference (I couldn’t care less that he left Cleveland, although subjugating yourself to being a sidekick, and constantly acting like a coward certainly doesn’t endear you to people who love ultimate competitors), the flopping, the complete obliviousness on his part, all the whining, and unwillingness to take on any real challenges.

      Don’t stay in Cleveland, fine. But why go to Miami and go play with Wade, when there were four other teams that not only made more sense if he wanted to WIN, but convincing that dinosaur to hitch his wagon to him from the outset of free agency was just the antithesis of everything I saw with Jordan, Bird, Magic and Kobe.

      WHICH ONE OF THESE DOES NOT BELONG?

      I hate guys with LOSER tendencies and mindset.

      Call me a hater all you want, but THAT’S why I have always been unable to stomach this dude, and it’s never going to change, because that’s just who he is.

  3. reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    darn*…whoops

  4. explosionsauce - May 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    A Lebron article that Kurt didn’t write? Is he sick or something?

  5. newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Man I wish people can just let this dude play. Numbers speak for themselves in the regular season. He’s all around. Offense and defensive. And as far as this “3 MVPs and no title” bs: know some history. Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone did NOT win a championship till AFTER there 3 MVPS. Lebron has many years left on him. He’s still a great player. Regardless: players like Karl Malone, Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Shawn Kemp, Reggie Miller, and DOMONIQUE WILKINS are still considered GREATS without a ring. He still will go down as a great player.

    • cantonbound13 - May 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I don’t recall any of those great players without a ring referring to themselves as “King”.

      • newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Omg, the ignorance surrounding Lebron. SO WHAT he knicknamed himself “King”…SOOOOO?? It’s a NAME. Lemme guess, u and his other million haters figured 9 years ago, this kid comes into the league, dons the name King, and holding it to Him to have 6 rings by now; or even 1. It hasn’t happened and now hes wrong for a knickname as King…please gimme a break. It’s basketball, and he’s playing great regardless. Karl Malone was “the Mailman” but what did he deliver?? Not a ring thats for sure. Tried to join shaq and Kobe just to come short. Or self “Knight” yourself as Sir Charles and get stopped by Jordan. A Human Highlight Reel, just to be just that, a Highlight Reel, but not any in the finals. Or being called the “Reign Man” whn you did not rule anybody or anything, except for dunking. Man it doesn’t matter. King….now I would understand if he came calling himself God, Allah, El, the Most High: but it’s king. So I guess Sacramento should change their names cause they sure don’t play like kings. Again, get off lebrons nuts and let him play.

    • stropcity - May 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      I agreed with everything you said until you brought Shawn Kemp into the conversation.

  6. chargerdillon - May 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I’m a diehard Kobe fanboy and i’ll just put it like this… If i’m going to watch a basketball game, there is absolutely no single player who will be more exciting to watch than Lebron James.

    I always hated the early Lebron James because he was suddenly the new man of the NBA seemingly overshadowing Kobe with zero accomplishments. I hated Lebron, he was the nemesis to my Kobe simple as that. Everything changed during the Cav’s Pistons series Game 5. Everything that day changed for me. Lebron did something few superstars ever really do this day and age…. Lebron shut my mouth and made me eat every negative word I could ever say. In my life I’ve never seen a more dominant, impressive, intimidating, ALL OF THE ABOVE showing on a basketball court.

    Since that day Lebron has been #2 in my heart and #1 in my interest to watch basketball. You can hate him for the person you percieve him to be off the court and even I will admit I’m a bit shocked he disappeared in the Finals last year, Lebron is the single best player in the game of basketball today and for all the haters out there who just cant wait to see him fail for some reason like that should make you happy, if it’s not my Lakers, I sure hope its the Heat. You can hate him, but you have to respect him.

    • newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Total respect. We are to watch and respect the game. And Lebron is REALLY good at it. To be that big, fast, athletic and a decent passer: Larry Bird said it best: “if you wanna have fun, pick Lebron. If you wanna win, pick Kobe”. Regardless it’s Basketball and it has to look fun on our win and on their end, win. Two Best

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      You ain’t a Kobe fan. To love a complete player’s game and claim to love James’ game is like oil and water. It’s against the laws of physics. You LeBron stans will stop at nothing…

      Matt, you’re right, the award is officially hollow now.

      Durant should have won it anyway.

      • reesesteel23 - May 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        30….9….and 7……is more of a complete games than…..30(on 30 shots)….2….and 2
        Complete players fill the stat sheet, not just the scoring column.

      • newgene1187 - May 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Oil and water??? Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose are oil and water. You make no sense. Kobe and Lebron are scorers and great defenders. Just one and 5 championship rings (riding shaq and a great tiangle offense in Phil Jackson) and one doesn’t and never had a star as teammate till now. They’re pretty much the same sense they both interchange at the 2 and 3 positions and are able to run they’re offense. And give the MVP to Lebron since he was the 4th ballot for defensive player. Durant is pure offense. Lebron is All-Around. Get off his nuts.

      • cordae - May 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Dude (Mr.Wrong), just shut up. If youre not whining about that circus you call a team (the knicks), you’re making stupid, ignorant comments like the one you just made. LeBrons game isnt complete? And just whose game is according to you?…….Melo’s? Riiiiiiiiiight…

      • cullenand99 - May 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Seriously, hop off of LeBron’s nuts. Every chance you get you bash him. Stop being bitter about him destroying the “playoff team” you call the Knicks. He has and should’ve won the MVP, not Durant.

  7. dclay04 - May 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Kobe gets accused of rape…..Isiah Thomas gets charged with sexual Harassment…..Jason Kidd and Jason Richardson both have domestic violence charges…….Rafer Alston gets charged with assault….Michael Beasley and Lamar Odom both have been have drug possession charges….Zach Randolph gets charged with driving under the influence and sexual assault….Ron Artest fights fans….but yet people seemed to have mustered up more hate for Lebron James than all these players based on things he’s said that werent politically correct and rings he hasnt won…….this is so ironically backwards….smh

  8. klownboy - May 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I know one thing, that MVP award will not mean a damn thing if LeBron doesn’t win an NBA title this season. It’s right there for him. For now, the journey should start with the Heat beating Indiana…
    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/05/12/2012-nba-playoff-preview-eastern-conference-semifinals/

  9. buffalowned - May 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    haters forget he’s 27….scary to think how many he could win if they pull it off this year

    • cantonbound13 - May 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      That’s a big “if”, considering his 2-8 record in the Finals. It doesn’t help that he’s not the most clutch player in NBA history in big games.

  10. mungman69 - May 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    They let Matt Moore write an article. And it wasn’t that badly written. Anyway, no matter what James does people will put him down. When Miami wins the title people will say it was because of the other Heat players. James IS the best player so he should have won the MVP. I didn’t see the vote totals but he should have won unanimously.

  11. labratre - May 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    When it’s all said and done, Lebron will have as many ring as Shaq, I say 4. That is bomb, even 2 or 3 would be great! The Heat will win the title this year, the toughest season ever 66 games in 130 or so games. That’s tough! The Heat, after this season will make some changes, and have an even more deadly team next season. If they make the moves I think they will, look out. Geaux KING MVP!

  12. labratre - May 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I meant 130 or so days

  13. mikeinthevine - May 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Boo hoo hoo, poor LeQuit. He just doesn’t get any respect. You can be sure when the series is on the line, he’ll pass it off rather than take THE shot. He couldn’t carry MJ’s jock.

  14. soopreme - May 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    In reading all of the comments its good to see that people are starting to get passed the nonsense and are realizing the greatness of one Lebron James.
    In my opinion he should have won 5 mvps already.
    Did some already mention he’s only 27?
    Many more years left to put his stamp on a great great legacy!!
    The rings will come and he will go down at least top 5 of all times with a big chunk of the records.
    Even after all the bs from last year and the finals meltdown he came back this year with extreme focus from the start of the season and never let up.
    Congrats to the 2011-12 NBA MVP Lebrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaames !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. mornelithe - May 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Not that I disagree with him being awarded the honor, I don’t really think I know enough about basketball (I don’t follow every player, every team etc…) to really make an accurate judgement for or against. I personally wonder though, how some teams would perform without their star player.

    Look at the Bulls w/o Rose, or say Lebron gets hurt, I wonder how the Heat would do. When I think Most Valuable Player, for some reason I have this pre-conceived definition that it’s the Most Valuable Player for their team, above all the other Most Valuable Players for the other teams….you know what I mean? I don’t think that’s how they judge the MVP award, but it’s an interesting notion.

    Would the Heat fall like the Roseless Bulls, w/o Lebron? Would the Celtics fall to the Hawks, w/o Rondo (more than 1 game), would OKC fall w/o Durant? etc… As I said, an interesting notion, but no I don’t begrudge the man his skill, or this honor, simply because some of his behavior has turned me off to him.

  16. namriverrat69 - May 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    He is a great player but it is hard to see the man with his EGO always in the way. I just can’t get onboard the look at me I’m King James bandwagon.

  17. delius1967 - May 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I agree that the MVP shouldn’t be awarded to the best player on the best team. But shouldn’t the winner at least be the best player on his team? ‘Cause he isn’t.

    In any case, the award is not called “The Player with the Most Statistically Significant Season” award. It should go to the player whose presence makes the most impact on his team. That would be Keven Durant, without whom OKC would be struggling for a playoff spot. Or Rose, whose team went from the best record in the league to being knocked out in the first round without him.

    If LeBron hadn’t played a game, the Heat would still have been one of the top teams in the East. It doesn’t matter what his stats were, no way should he have been MVP.

  18. illad3lph1a - May 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Wow pft…. Jordan didn’t win his first championship until he was 28… Lebron is 27. He deserves MVP hands down. Stop the hating and just report it sheesh

    • jburdette210 - May 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Yes very true but he also didnt go to college and win a NCAA Championship like Jordan, a John Wooden Award, and Naismith Awards. Now if we are comparing apples to apples with them both in there 9th seasons Mike had 3 rings, 3 finals MVP awards and 2 MVP awards. Just my two cents. Please dont compare the greatest with a phenomenal… He doesnt have the alpha male gene so hes not clutch

  19. charlutes - May 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Winning an MVP is absolutely a huge honor for lebron, its not at all diminished by the fact that he hasn’t won a title or because people like myself might not like his personality. he’s the greatest baller in the world. the media and haters drum up the nonsense about his MVP somehow being dimminished

  20. furio2929 - May 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Tony Parker or Durant deserved it more than LJ.

  21. mcmuskie79 - May 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Not surprised D. Wade’s Lackey picked up yet another meaningless regular season award. That’s his M.O., come up big when it doesn’t really count.

  22. omniusprime - May 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Once again Queen James gets more respect than he deserves from the deadbeat sports pundits. It’s up top us fans to keep this overly hyped deadbeat from getting too much praise. Kobe certainly deserved it more than this pathetic excuse from the Eastern Creampuff conference, no wonder he looks good since he plays so many loser teams from the east. Let’s see how the East Coast Pansy does coming out West where the tough teams and players play.

    Hopefully the Lakers will meet the Heatstroke in the Finals so Kobe can show these dimwitted sports pundits who the real NBA MVP is, the Finals MVP! Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!

  23. nickbartlett12 - May 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    This should have been his 5th MVP. Numbers don’t lie.

    http://www.nbainsight.com

  24. furio2929 - May 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Tony Parker was half a vote off from getting the MVP award. To bad it went to lebron. Every MVP needs to accomplish a ring or nothing else matters.

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