Tracy McGrady Thinks Kobe Is This Years MVP

Lakers101.com@@Lakers_101Contributor IApril 23, 2009

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Tracy McGrady was struggling this year and finally had to call it quits on the season.  That does not stop him from having an opinion.

He was on the Jim Rome Show yesterday— a radio show out in Los Angeles—and gave some insight into Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

T-MAC On this year's MVP:

He basically said Kobe could and should get it every year and that he was surprised last year was his first one. He said that this year's MVP will go to LeBron because of the way the media and league market advertise the guy.   It just seems like it's his year, and he is having a great year.  But, with a year like Kobe is having, he could get it every year.

T-MAC On Kobe and LeBron's Leadership

He said that LeBron leads in a different way. He is a team player who likes to have fun. He gets it done in his own way. With Kobe, there is no play time on the court. He is out to take your heart and he's showing that from start to finish. When he sees a weakness in a guy, he's trying to step on their chest and turn it.

T-MAC On Teenage Kobe

He also said that when he was a rookie (Kobe's second year) that he was friends with Kobe, but that he was crazy.    He told McGrady, "I'm telling you, I'm better than Mike right now, I'm going to be better than Mike."  As a teenager, he honestly believed he was better than Mike. From that point on, T-MAC knew that guy was striving for greatness.

I just gained that much more respect for the guy. This is why the MVP vote should not be made by media guys with a secret ballot. It should be done by the guys who know best; those who play against the best and know who is the best.

Give the votes to players and coaches and make them public.

That's my opinion.

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