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The race for the MVP

For the first time in years there's a legitimate MVP race in the NBA and the Sports Guy couldn't be happier.

Updated: April 22, 2005, 3:15 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Forget about the scoring explosion, the influx of likable young stars, even Kobe's Tony Montana-like demise in Los Angeles. The most entertaining subplot of the 2004-2005 season – at least for me – is a bona fide MVP race. Seriously, when was the last time you argued about a simple question like "Which NBA player means the most to his team?"

The last memorable MVP debates occurred in 1993 and 1997, when Charles Barkley and Karl Malone won MVP awards thanks to the always-indefensible ...

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