Who'll be MVP?
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Will it be CP3 and his historic season at the point?
Could it be KB24, whose fans are clamoring for him to win?
Is it KG, who has restored the pride in Celtic Pride?
What about LeBron, who could average 30-8-8?
No one knows. That's why we'll chat.
Visit us on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET on NBA.com and Rob will try to address complaints, answer as many questions and go back-and-forth with anyone willing to talk MVP.
Rob Peterson (2:58 PM)
Hello everyone. I'm here a little early. Going through the 464 or so questions. That's not Sports Guy territory (not even close), but I hope to answer as many as I can. I'm trying to find some of the better ones now, but they all seem to read the same. Heh.
Rob Peterson (3:03 PM)
Couple more moments while I queue up some questions. Thanks for your patience.
Rob Peterson (3:07 PM)
Hey everyone. Welcome to NBA.com's Race to the MVP chat... our first. It's a little too late, but I realize now we should have had Mo Brooks do one of these while he was here. But he's at ESPN now, so he can set up his own chat. Thanks for joining, it is much appreciated. Also, thanks for the e-mail (especially after I had Kobe in third in my first rankings). From nice to nasty, it's good to see the interest in the MVP race. I love that people are talking NBA. Now that the kids of the NCAAs are done, we can talk about the men who play in the NBA. I've had my Secaucus sushi (fished directly from the swampy Meadowlands) and have Mingus on the headphones. Let's go.
Paolo (Oakton, VA)
So if NO wins the west, you'll have CP3 as your MVP?
Rob Peterson (3:10 PM)
It'll be close. I think it's been closer as the season has worn on. Still, it'll be tough to deny what CP3 has done for the Hornets, especially if they finish atop the West. As I noted in this week's article, Friday's game in LA between the Hornets and Lakers could have a lot to do with it. Thanks for your question.
Stani ( London )
With Chris Paul's recent shooting and poor numbers (I know he had a triple double) do you think he is setting himself up for a drop from the top spot? Especially with Kobe Bryant winning 4 out of 5 games and putting up huge numbers.
Rob Peterson (3:13 PM)
Stani, good question. Hours after I posted this week's article, CP3 put up a real stinker with that four-point, nine-dime game against the Jazz and Deron Williams (more on them later...). But with that in mind, Kobe had 34 in loss. So, I asked, what was better: four-points in a loss or 34 points in a loss? I know Dave McTen McMenamin here at NBA.com said, "34". I tend to agree. I think CP3 had a nice bounce-back game against Minny last night though. Still, it's neck and neck.
why is it that cp3 gets all the credit for his teams success and credited for making his teamates better but very little is credited to Byron Scott...When Kobe does the same thing...the credit is all given to Phil..this crap about making teamates better is overated..
Rob Peterson (3:14 PM)
Don't you wish you had someone on the Knicks who made their teammates better instead of bitter?
Greg San Diego
CP3 on Tues. night 2-11 4 pts. An MVP doesn?t lose at home by double digits in the thick of a playoff hunt.
Rob Peterson (3:15 PM)
You point is well taken. This may change some voters' minds.
Rob Peterson (3:16 PM)
Speaking of which, when it comes to voters ... I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL MVP VOTER! Just thought I'd clear that up. (I may copy and paste that to plug in later...)
Jacob (St. Paul, Minnesota)
The Hornets aren't in the thick, they are out front by miles. And at least CP didn't let his team lose to the Blazers.
Rob Peterson (3:17 PM)
Easy, Jake... The Hornets are two games up with four to play. Any other season, I would agree, but this year in the Wild West, anything can happen.
Lebronius Magnificus, Vatikan
How can there be any doubt that LeBron James is not this years MVP? In my opinion it is ridiculous...CP3? Kobe?? KG??? are you kidding me? LeBron has the most impact to his team - HE IS THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS !!!
Rob Peterson (3:22 PM)
Good, our first LeBron question... Lebronius, your namesake is putting up ridiculous digits -- 30 points, 7.9 boards and 7.3 dimes per ... Just astounding, especially so considering the pace of play compared to the last guy to do it ... Someone, um, what was his name?
Right MJ. He averaged 32.5, 8 and 8 in the 1988-89 season. Then again, Mike didn't win MVP that year, Magic did. Still, LeBron's numbers put him in the race, but I think his team's record hurt him. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer had an article about it today. (Hat tip to The Big Lead for that one.)
Kobe El Segundo
Give the damn award to CP3. I play for CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Rob Peterson (3:23 PM)
Ha! Good one.
kel (irvine, ca)
This year is Kobe's best chance at MVP carrying an injury plagued team and incorporating a new player in Gasol while in contention for the number one spot in the ridiculous west. Next year it will be like Garnett and the Celtics, with a great record but they will be expected to be that good with their big 4 in kobe, bynum, pau, and odom assuming they are all healthy.
Rob Peterson (3:25 PM)
I disagree. I think Kobe has as good a chance or better to win next year, specifically if the Lakers:
-- have a better record
-- Kobe has a normal Kobe-type season
I don't think this is Kobe's last chance for MVP. Far from it. I don't see the dude slowing one bit.
Ayaz: (Kenner, Louisiana)
How much credit should Kevin Garnett get for the Celtics and even for MVP?
Rob Peterson (3:31 PM)
I think KG should get a lot of credit, including some first-place votes for MVP.
Just in case: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL MVP VOTER!
(See how that works?)
He's completely transformed that franchise. Unfortunately, the only place you can measure KG's intensity and the effect it has had on the rest of the Celtics is in your heart and in your mind.
With that, I think there are two reasons KG has (actually three) slipped a little bit out of site on the MVP race:
1. He's missed 10 games and the Celtics are 8-2.
(So how valuable can he be if they win without him? The counter argument from KG fans is that his intensity has seeped into other players and he influences them even when he's not on the floor)
2. His numbers this season are down from his career numbers. (Defenders, including Doc Rivers, have said that the Cs are so far ahead, he can rest his starters for the fourth quarter, therefor keeping KG's numbers down) 3. He plays with two other All-Stars.
(He does, but tons of MVPs have played with other All-Stars, so that shouldn't preclude him from consideration.)
As for those who say Paul Pierce is the Cs' MVP, I disagree. I think The Truth is a wonderful player, but he had his time as alpha dog in Boston, and the Celtics were never this good.) Long, but I'm long-winded.
dimes (Los Angeles, Ca)
If the Lakers beat the Hornets in their last game together, do you think that makes Kobe the MVP? Thats a silly way to determine it, don't you think...
Rob Peterson (3:33 PM)
I think that gives Kobe the upper hand if they win on Friday. At least in my eyes.
Two articles this week surveying voters have Kobe ahead of Paul. So buck up Kobe fans, your guy isn't as "hated" as you think.
As far as being a silly way to determine MVP, sometimes one performance, one game can change the perception of something.
I think the race is so close that it could.
Just how it is this year, not all the time.
Hello Rob. What do you have to tell the people who say that Kobe should Win MVP in light of his Career Achievements and lack of MVP thus far?
Rob Peterson (3:37 PM)
I'm saying that the MVP is not, I repeat NOT a career achievement award.
I think there may be some sentiment -- and embarrassment -- among writers that Kobe is MVP-less. But this year, if Kobe wins MVP, it's because he's had the best year. Then again, that's my opinion. I don't get to talk to the writers much, because when I'm at games, i"m usually writing as well.
I thought CP3 was in Star Wars?!
Rob Peterson (3:37 PM)
Yes, him and his sidekick, R2MVP.
This is for Jacob as well... The Hornets lost to one of the worst road teams playoff-bound while the lakers lost to a 26-13 blazers home team. The Lakers loss isn't excusable, but the Hornets losing that bad at home against Utah is pretty bad
Rob Peterson (3:39 PM)
The Jazz also crushed the Spurs in San Antonio two nights before.
Don't ignore (I know the kids use "sleep", but I'm an old man... I'd just sound fake...) the Jazz. Those dudes are for real, Yo.
(See, not hip.)
Chris (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
It's simple. If it isn't Kobe or Kevin, it's the wrong decision.
Rob Peterson (3:39 PM)
And throw Paul in there, and you've got yourself and argument.
How are things in the Minny?
Stoph (Massapequa, NY)
Shouldn't Jerome James be in MVP talks. The man is perfect from the field and from the charity stripe, in addition to
Rob Peterson (3:40 PM)
I love Knicks fans. They deserve better.
Rob Peterson (3:40 PM)
Not better fans, but a better team.
do you think a guy like amare will get some first-place votes as mvp?
Rob Peterson (3:41 PM)
I don't. I think his stellar play late has been great, but that's what it was ... a little late.
That, and he has a two-time MVP feeding him the ball. I think people think Nash is the Suns' MVP. He was for the past three seasons. This year, it's Amare.
Akili Toronto Ontario
Does Kobe's injury factor in at all to him not winning the MVP race?
Rob Peterson (3:44 PM)
I think -- and this is strange to say -- but I think Kobe playing with a mangled pinky HELPS his cause. As I noted in a blog post (I didn't have time to find) early in Feb., dude's a warrior. True warrior. Most of us (especially a typist such as myself) would have taken workman's comp.
Not Mr. Bryant. He's still kickin' tail.
I think that's a positive for him, not a negative.
Rob (Glassboro, NJ)
If the Hornets win the West how can CP3 not be MVP? His assist-to-turnover ratio is off the chain; he'll put up 35 to 40 points if he HAS to; he's brought Peja back to life and West and Chandler are playing the best ball of their careers. His numbers are better than Nash produced in both of his MVP seasons. Add it all up and CP3 is the MVP. KG missed too many games and he plays in the much weaker East. If the Lakers somehow win the West, Kobe should win it. If not he's a close second.
Rob Peterson (3:45 PM)
As I noted earlier, it'll be tough for voters to ignore Paul if the Hornets stay atop the West...
Mo (Houston, TX)
Rob, don't do any more chats.
Rob Peterson (3:46 PM)
Mo, what are you doing in Houston? Do I have a Finals credential made for radio?
Fernando (Costa Mesa,Ca)
Let me ask you this...would the lakers be where they are right now without kobe bryant? everybody keeps saying that he has better players to help him than CP3 has, I dont think thats true.What do you think?
Rob Peterson (3:48 PM)
Of course not. The Lakers would be a middling team if not for KB24. Same with the Hornets without Paul or the Celtics without KG or the Magic without Howard or the Cavs without Lebron ...
Need I go on?
Nelson Salt Lake City, Utah
Chris Paul does not deserve it at all just because there in first. If the all star game wasn't held in New Orleans nobody would be talking about chris right now. Kobe for MVP
Rob Peterson (3:49 PM)
So, Chris Paul wouldn't be an MVP candidate if the All-Star Game had been in Milwaukee? Or Chicago? Or Toronto?
That may have been the most out there one yet...
Still, you have a right to say Kobe's MVP. In the end, I may even agree with you.
But isn't it not fair to solely base CP3 winning the MVP award just because he's atop of the WEST, when only 2 games separate the top WEST teams?
Rob Peterson (3:51 PM)
This is a fair point.
Some would also say, "Dayyymn, he got them to win that crazy, competitive conference."
There are two sides to that MVP argument.
Don't agree with you on the Celtics with out KG. I think they would still be about a 45-50 in team without KG or top three team in the east.
Rob Peterson (3:52 PM)
You may be right, but we'll never know. All I can guess is that they wouldn't be this good, that's for sure.
Jesse (Berkeley, CA)
People say that CP3 deserves MVP because he made Chandler and West into all stars and that his supporting cast is weaker than the one that Kobe has. How come it is hardly ever mentioned that even if Kobe's teamates are better, a lot of them were affected by injuries.
Rob Peterson (3:56 PM)
Excellent point. And this is the one I see most in the R2MVP mailbox. They point to Bynum's injury. They point to Gasol's injury.
And, really, I'll admit, it's a tough one to dispute ... but, and it's a Charles Barkley-sized but, the Lakers are 18-5 when Kobe and Gasol are in the lineup -- that's a .782 winning percentage.
That way, you can go 5-4 without Gasol and still have a pretty stellar record.
But as I've said, Kobe's been impressive while his teammates have fallen injured.
Then again, if Bynum went down and the Lakers hadn't gotten Gasol -- would the Lakers be this good? And would we be talking about a race solely between CP3 and KG?
Hello Rob! I know that most of the voters are considering this final push as a Kobe/Paul race to the MVP, but how about the others MVP contenders? How about D-Howard? He's putting astonishing numbers and his team is going to the playoffs in a good position, considering the opposition. How about T-Mac? He's got the Rocket's in the playoff's with that 22 win streak, and without Yao.
Rob Peterson (4:00 PM)
Thanks for checking in... It must be late in Portugal.
Anyway, Dwight is a legit MVP candidate. He was more so in the early season where it seemed he was doing everything great.
I think what's plagued Dwight is his inconsistency on the offensive end (which I think is from a lack of a go-to move outside ripping the backboard off the stanchion) and his coach questioning his commitment to defense just before the All-Star break. (Wonder what Superman could have had his mind on instead?)
As for T-Mac, he's an outside candidate. True, he was the key cog in that 22-game winning streak, but I think the same factors work against him that work against KG -- too much time injured this season.
Sam Lopez: Whitter, Ca
Just reading some of this again... for those that say Tracy and Dwight... I absolutely love those two players. But they simply can't be compared to the records and season that Paul, Garnett, and Kobe have had. BTW, Rob... are you leaning in any direction as to who you would vote for?
Rob Peterson (4:02 PM)
I don't have an official vote, but for the R2MVP column, as of right now, as I type and have to go to the bathroom (TMI? I'll stick around for you guys, though), I still have CP3 at No. 1 and Kobe at No. 2 ... barely.
I'll have a better idea after Friday's game.
Dillon, Huntington Beach, CA
But Rob, saying where would the Lakers be without Bynum AND Pau is like saying where would the Hornets be without David West and Tyson Chandler. If you took the bigs away from both teams the Hornets would not be in the playoffs, while the Lakers could be.
Rob Peterson (4:05 PM)
No, sorry. That's not what I meant. If Bynum doesn't go down, they probably don't go after Pau. And if they don't get Pau, there could be a very real chance the Lakers don't win 50 in the West with just Kobe and Walton and Vujajcic and Odom ...
Heck, that's why they trade for Gasol ... Who is even better for the triangle than Bynum. Having Gasol, a deft passer and a dude that can hit the mid-range jumper, in the high post must make Phil Jackson weep for joy at the mere thought of it.
It should make Lakers fans smile.
rob who do you think are going to be the top 3 canidates in the end?
Rob Peterson (4:06 PM)
I think they'll be Kobe, Paul and KG... with KG being third and LeBron fourth (look a bonus prediction!)
Whether Kobe or CP3 get the award, who knows?
Stevo Payson Utah
D-will out plays, out hustles and dominates every game against christ paul. He's not getting the credit he deserves.
Rob Peterson (4:12 PM)
Good post. I think D-Will's performance against CP3 opened a lot of eyes.
Some of you may remember that CP3 almost unanimously won the 2006 Rookie of the Year award -- save one writer, and I can't remember where that guy was from, but he voted for Deron Williams, because in head-to-head matchups, Deron has smothered CP3.
Here's why I think so: Deron is bigger and stronger than CP3. So, Deron has the advantage there. That, and the Jazz game plan to take advantage of that... They run Deron off a ton of high (at the elbow) and side (on the wing) pick and rolls. By the time Paul has fought through an Okur screen, a Boozer screen and a Kirilenko screen, any player would be wiped out. That's a credit to Williams and the Jazz for taking advantage of that ... and those are some of the reasons D-Will has CP3's number. Still, I think CP3 has had a better season.
(If you wanted a comparison, Joe Dumars used to stymie Jordan -- with a lot of help. Who's your MVP there?)
Rob Peterson (4:15 PM)
Before I get to another question ... I just want to point out we see a lot of point guards up for MVP (or winning) than we have in the past ...
I think the lack of hand checking in the NBA has helped point guards move around unabated and do a lot more dribble penetration than in the days where Derek Harper could dig a meat hook into your side and guide you into the third row ... With dribble penetration (Nash, Paul, Williams are so quick, you don't really get a sense of it unless you're close to it), it allows the point guards to hold the ball longer and make the defense commit. Once you've done that, like a guy who can wait 'til the last second to hit a fastball, the defense is at your mercy.
So, these days, it LOOKS as if point guards control the game more than they used to. Another guy who's good at this is Chauncey Billups. Talk about underrated...
Maxi: (Baton Rouge, Lousiana)
Hey Rob what do you think about the numbers for Amare since the Shaq trade and do you think he will keep those type of numbers next season? If he does, wouldn't Amare be considered as a legit MVP contender next year?
Rob Peterson (4:19 PM)
I do. Having Shaq allows him to play power forward, where he's the best in the game and he doesn't have to guard big men on the defensive end.
Having Shaq allows Amare to use his quickness. Think of it... he's 6-10 and he moves like a guard.
Sha Dallas, Texas
Hey Rob if the hornets had KB24 and the Lakers had CP3, who do you think would have a better team right now?
Rob Peterson (4:21 PM)
Good question ... I'd give the edge to Kobe and the Hornets over Paul and the Lakers.
Though, I think we'd need to see what kind of offense NOLA would run and how David West would fare in it.
But that's a good one. One of the best in the past two weeks.
I wish Chandler would have missed 3 months and West 11 games. Then we would have seen where the Hornets would have ended up. KOBE 4 MVP!!!
Rob Peterson (4:22 PM)
So you wish someone would have gotten hurt? Nice.
Why don't you relize what K.G. has done for Boston?
Rob Peterson (4:23 PM)
Jordan -- I do realize. I gave my answers a little higher in the chat as to why KG probably won't win but will get some first-place votes. But no doubt. He's transformed that team.
Ali: (Detroit, Michigan)
I just wanted to comment on Sha's question. As every other stubborn Kobe fan I'm going to say the Hornets=]
Rob Peterson (4:26 PM)
Ali -- Ha. Nice. I wouldn't say stubborn, I would say persistent. Oh, who am I kidding. Let's say stubborn. I admire Kobe's fans. As I've said before, I don't have that kind of connection/devotion to a player. Part of me is relieved I'm not that way, part of me is jealous. Then again, if anyone ever said a bad word about Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and Oscar Robertson, I'd probably be in their grille too.
Give Kobe his due. How many more years will Paul and LeBron have to rule the league? This is Kobe's time.
Rob Peterson (4:27 PM)
Zen -- I noted earlier, if Kobe wins MVP it's because he's the MVP, not because he hasn't won it in the past. Then again, I have read there is sentiment regarding Kobe winning one because he hasn't (Chris Broussard of ESPN the Mag has mentioned this ...). No doubt, Kobe's an awesome player with awesome drive.
what are the chances of have co-MVPs? i think that is the best resolution for this mvp race
Rob Peterson (4:30 PM)
Abdul -- You are wise. That would be cool, but unprecedented. It's happened in the All-Star Game and for Rookie of the Year, but never for MVP. I, frankly, would be shocked if it happened. Regardless, this could be the closest race ever since the writers started voting for MVP at the end of the 1981 season. Players voted before that.
jason richardson (charlotte, north carolina)
YOU BUM!!! Why did u take baron davis out of your top 20. just because his team lost?? it isnt his fault only him and monta only came to play...!anywayz. I think cp3 will be the mvp.he has done everything for the hornets that kobe does for the lakers...and more..except scoring...what do you think?
Rob Peterson (4:31 PM)
Jason -- How's it goin'? Yeah, I dropped B-Diddy. Considering we do his movie page here on NBA.com, that may have been dangerous. I think B-Diddy is a great player, but right now Monta's been playing the best for the Warriors. That, and I think the Warriors need to worry about getting into the playoffs.
devin PHOENIX, AZ
do u think cp3 has a better chance to mvp next year?or is this year his only chance?
Rob Peterson (4:32 PM)
No way. He'll be an MVP candidate for quite a few years.
DRodZ, San Juan, PR
KB24.... Is this the year??
Rob Peterson (4:33 PM)
Could, be DRobdZ, could be.
Joe (Waltham, MA)
Obviously as a Celtics fan, I'd love to see KG win the MVP. But with the things CP3 has done for New Orleans, is there anyone else that really belongs in this discussion? Every time I've seen the Hornets outside of the wacking Boston gave them a few weeks back, he's looked fantastic.
Rob Peterson (4:34 PM)
Joe -- Thanks for the post. Yeah, Paul has been spectacular, but so has Kobe. It's neck and neck and considering that awards ballots are due on Wednesday, it could take that long to determine just who takes home the MoPod (Maurice Podoloff trophy).
Rob Peterson (4:34 PM)
OK, folks just a couple more....
Brian Portland, OR
This season is is evidence to me that the mvp award needs to be voted on after the playoffs. Since Paul and Bryant are so close i think that we should wait and see which player helps their team get to the next level.
Rob Peterson (4:37 PM)
Brian -- Excellent thought ... unfortunately, it's a regular season award. Ultimately, you want to give it to the guy who has had the most valuable season. Then again, I would guess if you asked any player would you rather win MVP or Finals MVP, I would have to think Finals MVP (because you've usually won the Finals ...)
Jack, Brooklyn, NY.
Do you think age comes into the factor? Like does CP3 have a better chance of winning it because he's younger?
Rob Peterson (4:39 PM)
Jack, nope ... I think it serves Kobe better that he's been all-world for more than a decade now. It's like the Oscars where Paul Newman won for The Color of Money where he probably should have won for The Hustler. Voters think -- he's young, he'll be back. So, slight advantage Kobe on the age issue.
Rob Peterson (4:40 PM)
Greg -- Oooohhhh, another good one. I know the players in a recent Sports Illustrated poll voted Kobe as the player they feared most. But I don't know how the players lean on MVP. I know Tyson Chandler would pick his guy. Then again, if players voted on MVP, maybe Kobe would have won one by now.
Rob should players vote for MVP instead of writers? And to stop any biases, we could make a rule that saus players cant vote for someone on there team. What do you think?
Rob Peterson (4:41 PM)
Fred ... I think everyone has biases, players and writers alike, though I'm not sure where the bias lays.
Tyler Huntington Beach
Rob, given predominant MVP candidates; CP3, KB24, and KG, if it came down to one game, a must-win situation, who is the player in your eyes that could make the right decisions, play the best defense, and make the clutch plays? In other words, who would you choose if you could pick 1 on the 3 to play one game?
Rob Peterson (4:42 PM)
Probably Kobe, followed by KG then CP3 ...
How many more R2MVP's will I do this season? Just until this Tuesday or will I go for a Finals MVP thing too?
Rob Peterson (4:45 PM)
Love it! If the writers have to have their picks in by Wednesday, so will I. So Tuesday it is, because Wednesday I'll be helping put NBA.com's 2008 Playoffs site together. I will be blogging during the postseason on NBA.com. It's live with replies, so you can insult me in real time.
I wrote ages ago but why isnt my thing up there?????
Rob Peterson (4:46 PM)
Not everyone gets their question answered... We're at 1,406. Does that answer the question?
Govind, Schaumburg, IL
Rob! First off, great job so far on the ranking. Im a big kobe fan, but I still have to say, you back up your opinions pretty well. I agree with you on that the Hornets-Lakers game will be big in the race. Not only do I think it will be important, but I think it'll be the deciding game. I dont think giving the MVP to Paul because of NOH winning the West would be fair, but if they beat the Lakers, then I would have to agree. They (CP3 and KB24) have had great seasons, but I think this head-to-head match-up will be the deciding factor in the race. It is interesting that last year was also very close, between Nash and Nowitzki, and how even though Nash outperformed Nowitzki head-to-head late in the season, Nowitzki still got the MVP, mostly because of the Mavs' record. But, I don't think this really applies, as the Hornets and Lakers records are much closer together. What do you think?
Rob Peterson (4:49 PM)
Thanks for the kind words ... I think 67 wins is extremely tough to overlook. I also think the Mavs had three double-digit winning streaks. Dirk had an outstanding season. I think each voter has different criteria as to what they think an MVP is -- for some it's the best player on the best team, for some it's the best digits for some it's both. Others look at team turnaround, is he playing with All-Stars, is he not playing with All-Stars. Lots of factors. But there's no secret formula ...
So why is it such a hard decision between KB24 and CP3
Rob Peterson (4:53 PM)
Because both have had exceptional seasons and there are a multitude of reasons for each player to make a case for MVP. I've been getting e-mail saying it's Kobe "hands down" or CP3 "hands down". It's not hands down, right now. It's just not. And you know what, there's nothing wrong with that. Check this out ... 1423 questions, two hours of chat and we're all talking hoops, NBA hoops. Awesome. Quick segue, this is the reason we should never, ever reseed. Right now, the West is having a de-facto playoffs. Every game counts. Every game played with playoff intensity (at least on offense), with playoff aggression. Could you imagine if there was reseeding? There would be none of this out West. This is awesome. I said to someone, can you imagine what the Nuggets-Warriors game tonight is going to be like. It's going to be 120-119 ... ... after three quarters. They may need new LCD lights for the scoreboard. Like I said, awesome.
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Rob Peterson (4:54 PM)
Who do you want to win?
Brandon New York
Did you hear steve nash's comments on the mvp voting. He said Chris Paul should win because he doesn't have the players that Kobe does around him. Isn't it funny that the two time mvp winner, who only won the awards because of the players around him, is hating on Kobe.
Rob Peterson (4:58 PM)
I didn't hear that ... but I think very few, very few MVPs have lacked All-Star teammates... Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Bill Russell, Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... they all played with All-Stars. Only Moses in Houston in '82 is one of the few who did it basically by his lonesome... He was also the last guy to win MVP with fewer than 50 wins... So, no MVP goes it alone... And don't discount Pau, he's an All-Star too.
Rob Peterson (4:59 PM)
OK, everyone two more questions...
CP3 has another 10-15 years ahead of him, he will for sure win the mvp later if he keeps up the good work. On the other hand, Kobe is getting old, hes not the same Kobe Bryant with the #8 jersey. Look at Shaq, he will never win another mvp because he is too "slow"... so give it to Kobe who has only another 5-7 years to play?
Rob Peterson (5:02 PM)
I think this diminishes -- and somewhat stomps on -- Kobe's greatness ... He doesn't need anyone's pity or sympathy. Dude is a rock. Give it to him because he's great, not because you feel bad for him. I actually think he would sneer at your pity ... and then dunk on your head. Like I said, it's close. Could be Kobe's or could be CP3's.
Rob... So in the end you have the final word of saying who is mvp? I've been watching Chris paul play since he was a rookie..He does not deserve mvp, this season is kobe's not pauls- period! Kobe 4 mvp btw and Calderon in my opinion is at the same level as chris paul- it shows raptors vs hornets Dec 31
Rob Peterson (5:03 PM)
Toronto -- No, I have no say anywhere but the R2MVP column, I have no vote.
You said eariler that you didn't think that the Lakers would win 50 games if Bynum didn't go down and they didn't pick up Gasol. You do realize that the Lakers were 24-11 to start the season, right before he got injured? That's on pace to win around 56 games.
Rob Peterson (5:05 PM)
I said if they didn't pick up Gasol when Bynum went down ... so no Bynum, no Gasol, no 50 wins for the Lakers. I feel safe with that retro-prediction.
Rob Peterson (5:05 PM)
Seriously, this is the last one...
Kareem Bronx, NY
How much will the April 11th showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and The New Orleans Hornets affect the MVP voting?
Rob Peterson (5:07 PM)
We'll end on this one. It's something we addressed -- good lord! -- two hours ago, but I wanted to hype it again. This Friday's game could turn some votes. That's how close the race is. If I could, I would buy everyone League Pass so they could watch it. It should be spectacular. Let's hope it lives up to the hype.
Rob Peterson (5:13 PM)
Everyone (even those who called me names, you know who you are even if you didn't put your name in the post ... scaredy cats), thank you, thank you, thank you for chatting about the MVP and the NBA. No lie, this has been a great way to spend two hours. We received a lot of great comments and a lot of great questions. It was a blast having stats and replies ready and making up comebacks on the fly. So, thanks again. The next and last Race to the MVP comes out next Tuesday on NBA.com. Again, thanks. And just one final reminder... I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL MVP VOTER! There. Have a good one.