There are many curses associated with sports, such as the Madden curse that takes any player who appears on the cover of the video game, or the Sports Illustrated Curse, where players suffer setbacks immediately after appearing on the cover. But there appears to be another curse in the NBA, and it has to do with winning the most improved player award.
The most improved player award is a great honor, as it showcases a player who has proven himself to be a dominant force and should be able to be a great player for many years to come. However, that is not always the case. Since the award's inception in 1985-1986, many players have fallen to the curse, and let's just hope that Kevin Love, the most recent winner, will be one of the lucky ones to avoid the curse.
The curse started with the first winner of the award Alvin Robertson, an absolute thief on the defensive end who stole 3.7 steals a game in the year he won the award. Robertson didn't have the most successful of careers; he played 10 seasons and averaged 14 points and five assists over his career.
Although not dominant, the curse didn't strike him until after his career, in which he was constantly in trouble for beating his wives and girlfriends, and in 2010, was accused of sex trafficking, allegedly tied to a group that kidnapped a 14-year-old girl in San Antonio.
And so he became the first of a long chain of cursed players.