Fans to have say in MVP voting

NEW YORK -- The NBA is giving fans a say in the MVP race.

The league announced Wednesday that fans can make their pick for the league's Most Valuable Player, with the combined fans' choice counting for one vote on the official ballot.

Starting Thursday through April 15, fans can go to www.NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote and rank their top five choices. The other 124 votes will come from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

The MVP award will be given after the season. Cleveland's LeBron James is the reigning MVP and leading candidate to win another.