This is definitely a question that many people are asking themselves these days. Could this FINALLY be the year that Kobe wins the only individual achievement he hasn’t won yet. Noticed how I said won instead of earned? I personally think Kobe should have already wrapped up one MVP award by now. I always thought that the definition of an MVP was, the most valuable player in the league to their respected teams. Meaning which player in the league does the absolute most for their team. If this was followed, opposed to the best player on the best team concept, Kobe would have won at least one already. Imagine taking Kobe off of the Lakers the last couple of years, and replacing him with…..hmmm lets say reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki. Would the Lakers have made the playoffs last year? I think not. They would have been a lottery team. Put Tim Duncan on the Lakers last year and see if they make the playoffs. They wouldn’t. Now lets say take Dirk off of the Mavericks last year and replace him with Vince Carter. Do they still make the playoffs? Do they miss a beat without Dirk? No they don’t, because any big man with shooting ability can be a Dirk. It doesnt’ matter who you try to replace Kobe with, he can’t be matched. Not even with LeBron. The Lakers would still be a lottery team. So does Kobe have a chance at winning MVP finally?
Not only a chance, but I think that it is a very good probability. He has something this year he didn’t have before. A good supporting cast. Basically he has a good team finally to get him MVP consideration. He is doing things again this year, that no other player can do. He is BY FAR the hungriest player in the NBA. No one wants the title more than Kobe. He has the most talent in the NBA, hands down. He is the ultimate closer in this day and age. And to top it all off, he’s doing all of this with a torn ligament in his shooting hand. Scary, yes I know. How much longer can the NBA deny it’s best player? How much longer will it be until people’s hate towards Kobe turns to admiration? It isn’t his fault he is so good. It’s not his fault he gets paid millions of dollars a year to show up in other cities gyms and completely embarrass the home team. That is why people hate him so much, because he is so good. Jordan didn’t get denied like Kobe, and Jordan had a FANTASTIC supporting cast. Kobe was doing the same things the last couple years that Jordan was doing, but he was doing it by himself. Weird how the NBA works. Jordan was the best player in the NBA during his time, and he was loved. Kobe is the best player in the next generation, and he is hated. It just doesn’t make sense.
Statistically Kobe is in perfect position to boost his MVP votes. He is averaging 28.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 5.4 apg. He’s shooting the ball at almost 47%. All of his numbers are up from last year, and are also above his career average. He is second in the NBA to Lebron in scoring. Even with all of the players and scorers on the Lakers he is still putting up HUGE numbers. Just goes to show who actually should be the called “King”. Now I may sound bias, and there is good reason behind that. However, I will give credit where credit is due. There are a couple other MVP potentials out there. Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett, Lebron. Those are really the only strong contenders, but when you look at it Kobe is still a better player. He is still more valuable to his team than anyone else. So I would assume that this would be an easy decision as to who should be the MVP this year, but like in all years there will be a big debate. They will try to find any little thing to not have Kobe win. Kobe you got my vote for sure………….if it counted. What are you thoughts?
Copyright 2008 – E. Mendez