Ive been on this forum for years talking about the MVP award and how ridiculous it is. Its a popularity contest governed by being at the right place at the right time. A wide array of players, all of different talent and skill levels, are capable of winning this hollow and ill-defined bookend hardware.
Here, you are the best player on the best team, and hopefully you havent done anything deemed publicly wrong in the past 18 months. Oh and being heavily endorsed would be a huge bonus. Enjoy.
When Iverson won it in 2000 the award completely lost all merit. Put Duncan on the friggin Raptors after that and he never repeats. Garnett choke city? Please. And dont even get me started on the abortion-fest of an atrocity that was the Steve Nash back-to-back, near 3-peat. Oh and spineless Dirk? Yeah, howd that turn out? Stop giving it to the best guy on the team with a great record. I mean, you put LeBron James on the Spurs and he wins the next 8 MVP awards with ease.
The award used to go to the best player in the league. The player that was most valueable to his team. Michael and Magic earned those awards. Now its a media blitz, that almost gives the Heisman trophy a run in comparison to the swayed opinions and hype.
But now it looks like Kobe might actually have to make room on the mantle. Well, whoopity-doo! And people around here are now going nuts! Like its a huge validating accomplishment all of the sudden. Like Kobe has finally earned it! What the hell? He's been arguably the best player in the league for the last 6 years. But a bad image, some immaturity, a clueless GM, and salary cap hell have kept him out of the serious running. Well, They can keep their trophy and just let Kobe go on about his way onto a championship .
Winning the MVP is like filling in the blanks of an equation. You do A + B + C and at least one of E,F,G, or H and here you go. Well, my opinion of the empty award isnt going to change just because Kobe finally got some help, the drama has died down, and the sportswriters have found better players to tear down.
You can keep your most valuable player awards, Kobe doesnt need it to validate what every Laker fan knows, and has known for the last few years. Id rather have the best player every single time.
Win the Pacific. Win the West. Win a Ring