Fellow Bleacher Report contributor William Smith wrote a very popular article in which he stated his case for Kobe Bryant deserving this year's MVP award.
As well as Kobe Bryant has played to lead his team back to contention, let us just look at the reality of this statement: Kobe Bryant can't and won't ever be the NBA's MVP.
How little we forget what a weasel most thought Bryant was at the beginning of the year when he demanded a trade. He openly mocked teammate Andrew Bynum and went as far as to say he wanted to be in Chicago. Wonder how he feels about being part of the Bulls now.
The point is, Bryant has always been a very selfish person. Although in today's professional sport scene it may seem like no big deal, he has brought selfishness to a new level.
Where do we start?
In the 1998 All-Star game he disrespected the other stars by trying to make it his show, a feat he accomplished again in 2002 in Philadelphia. He forced Lakers management to pick him over Shaquille O'Neal, which in turn dismantled what could have been one of the greatest dynasties of all time. All because he felt the spotlight didn't shine bright enough in his corner.
He dropped an awe-inspiring 81 points on the Raptors in 2006, a season where his selfishness was most evident as he disregarded his teammates, en route to a horrible season.
Smith stated that Bryant makes his teammates better, as evident by the team's great record this year. Could that be due to the fact that his team is just plain better?
Out are the dead-weights such as Smush Parker and Mark Madsen. In are the still-improving Walton and Bynum. Lamar Odom is healthy for the first time in years, Derek Fisher's calming influence returned to the team, and Pau Gasol was acquired.
Is it Bryant making his teammates better, or vice-versa?
The most important reason Kobe should not be the MVP is that he isn't the league's most valuable player. Here are a few players ahead of him on that chart:
Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets
With a weaker team surrounding him, Paul has led his the Hornets to a 37-18 record, while averaging more than 20 points and 10 assists per game.
Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics
His arrival in Boston has reinvigorated the team back to the top of the Eastern Conference after years of futility. His numbers might be down from previous years, but his impact to the team is undeniable.
LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
This is LeBron's league now. With a team of stiffs around him until the Wallace trade, he has kept his team near the top of the Eastern Conference, all the while putting up career numbers in points, assists, and rebounds—all higher then Bryant's numbers.
So please people, stop the Bryant lovefest! It is only a matter of time before he starts whining again. Until his team does something other then first round flame-outs, let us not proclaim him the best thing since sliced bread.
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