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Steve Nash is going to be named NBA MVP. Who would’ve thought we’d see the day in the NBA where we’d have a back to back MVP that was not only White but Canadian. This is makes Nash a two time and back to back MVP, he’s now in the record books with greats like Cousy, Walton, Maravich, West, and Bird. The question is: Is that enough to make him an automatic lock for the Hall of Fame?
No way. Nash doesn’t even deserve the MVP this year. Don’t get me wrong, he had a great season. He was on a team with players like Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa, and Nikoloz Tskitishvili, not exactly All Star caliber players, and got them to the #2 seed in the Western Conference. Impressive, thing is Nash can’t take over a game the same way MVP runner ups Kobe Bryant and Lebron James can. Sure Nash can out hussle almost anyone in the game and pass with his eyes closed, but he doesn’t stand a chance on the defensive end and without him on the court the team would at least have Shawn Marion out there. Lebron and Kobe have had less help around them all season. (By the way I’m positive the NBA leaked Nash winning the MVP to see if Kobe would go out and put up 100 points against Nash and the Suns in their playoff series.)
This year’s MVP in my mind HAS to be Kobe Bryant. Kobe might have taken a ridiculous amount of shots this season (so maybe he averaged 27 shots per game, if you had a guy named “Smush” Parker as one of your few scoring options you’d do the same thing) but Kobe scored more than 45 points in four consecutive games! Let me repeat that. Kobe scored more than FORTY FIVE points in four consecutive games. Kobe’s scoring average for the month of January was 43.5(It would have been higher, but he only scored 40 points against the Knicks…..yes, I said only.) Everyone’s heard about his 81 point game against the Raptors, which also happened in January, but more impressive was the fact that he went off for 62 points in THREE quarters against the Mavericks (They only have the 2nd best record in the Western Conference, Not like they’re good or anything). He had the entire team outscored before he decided “I guess I should rest, I do have to have a whole lot of sex with white girls later on.” Besides those famous outbursts in scoring Kobe had six games of over 50 points and 27 games of over forty points. Who is ever going to have this kind of season again? And what exactly would it take for Kobe to win MVP if these numbers aren’t enough?
I keep reading and hearing all these sportswriters talk about how Nash makes everyone better and he’s making all of these no-names have career years down in Phoenix, but I was always under the impression the MVP was for players who were having career years themselves. If that’s not the case how could Jason Kidd have not won the MVP back when the Nets went from worst to first and John Stockton never got one for any of those conference championship teams either. Nash had an outstanding year, but in the most wide open MVP race in years Nash was a cop-out choice by the voters. I’m pretty sure the voters went through this thought process: “Didn’t Kobe cheat on his wife? We can’t have him be MVP, he deserves it and all, but really is anyone actually rooting for him? It can’t be good for the league to make him MVP, Lebron is still too young I bet he’ll win a bunch of these things, Tony Parker has Tim Duncan, Manu Ginoblli and one of the deepest benches in years, Chauncey Billups is playing with four other All Stars, Dwayne Wade is protected by Shaq and the team seems to have lost a step, and Dirk Nowitski can’t play defense oh and he plays for a team owned by Mark Cuban, boy, that guy sucks. Nash, hmm lets see, he can’t play defense, but he made Boris Diaw into a player, and he doesn’t play for Mark Cuban anymore, always a plus.”
So there you go, I told you who should’ve won the MVP and you’ll see im right when Kobe takes the Suns to the brink of elimination in round one this year. By the way writing this made me realize three things. It never occurred to me how remarkable of a season Kobe had before I looked at his stats. Steve Nash now has more MVP’s than Garnett, Iverson, Barkley, Malone, and Shaq, ridiculous. The last thing may seem far fetched now but just you wait until the Knicks to sign Boris Diaw to a 7 year, 97 million dollar contract in a sign and trade deal for Channing Frye later this summer, followed by Larry Brown’s head exploding.
Thu 04/27/06, 12:15 pm EST