Bryant is more valuable than ever

While Kobe probably won't win NBA MVP, he could be having his best season yet

Updated: March 10, 2011, 1:58 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

His story is too familiar.

His team has neither shocked nor awed us.

And so another player likely will be honored as the NBA's Most Valuable Player while Kobe Bryant, arguably the greatest player of his generation, is left to stew privately and console himself with remembrances of how much better it feels to win these types of awards in June.

A player with a better story, such as Chicago's Derrick Rose.

A player whose team has shocked us, such as the Knicks' ...

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