Lakers, Bulls and Heat Have Shown That MVP Campaigns May Come at Cost of Title
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Ok, short, and sweet.
In a little more than a week from now, the (ir)regular season will be over, die-hard fans will be filling out their playoff brackets and LeBron James will, in all likelihood, be awarded the MVP.
Now, being a Heat fan, nothing really satisfies me more than knowing America's favorite scapegoat will finally get his due. No, not because "The Decision" is one of the biggest farces in sports history, and anyone leading you to believe it upset people more than his actual decision to leave an economically-depressed city for Will Smith's second home and superstar teammates is playing an impressive tune on their violin.
Rather, it's that those same people don't take requests that really ruffles my feathers! Then again, what do I know about bogus alibis; I'm just a Floridian. My real focus here is on the MVP balloting itself.
And the reason I'm calling it into question is that it's really, really, really getting hard to ignore how the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls—and the Miami Heat to a lesser degree—have not missed a stride this season despite going extended stretches without a superstar.
Okay, sure, there are mitigating factors that may explain this odd reality: Like, if I'm the Boston Celtics, and I see the Bulls are in town and Derrick Rose is out, maybe I'll let my guard down.
Or I might say, "Hey, this whole regular season has been fercockt, and I'm just biding my time trying to get to the playoffs in one piece."
How about the majority of players coming into the season out of shape?
Last, but not least, where is Phil Jackson? Yeah, he has nothing to do with this, but for goodness sake, why does he always look like he knows too much, hmm?
Here is my answer, and this is why I think there has to be some implication to MVP balloting.
Whether it's based on team complacency or a superstar's desire to do more than what is necessary, teams somehow rely on one player to do too much.
And sure, that kind of thing won't kill you in the regular season, because it's long, tedious, and debilitating. But, in the playoffs, it'll bite you in the butt. Sort of like how Derrick Rose was playing 1 on 5 against the Miami Heat in the conference finals last year.
Or how LeBron James single-handedly took Miami out of the Finals last year when he was feeling the enormous pressure of doing everything, as Charles Barkley has been noting for the past three weeks.
Now, this problem won't exactly solve itself, as long as MVP balloting committees keep giving MVPs to guys who kill themselves all season long to keep their teams afloat.
And if you really think this is all just one big coincidence, then please tell me in the next ten seconds who the last player in the NBA was that won an MVP and a championship in the same season?
Food for thought.
Now, as I was saying... Durant for MVP!
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