Monday , Mar , 24 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Charles Barkley Picks Kobe Bryant MVP … Can You Feel The Love?

Years ago, Bryant was public enemy number one for the Emmy winning Inside The NBA. In particular, the round mound of rebound sharply criticized Mamba for his game seven against Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs …

Charles Barkley Picks Kobe Bryant MVP ... Can You Feel The Love?

The AM Take: Yesterday, HoopsVibe picked up a report in the L.A. Times where TNT commentator Charles Barkley selected Kobe Bryant as MVP. 

"Chris Paul has been a one-man wrecking crew. But Kobe Bryant is the best player we’ve got in the NBA. You’ve got an injured Bynum, working Gasol in and now Gasol is out, and to still have the best record in the [West], that’s why I would give the MVP to Kobe Bryant.  

Years ago, Bryant was public enemy number one for the Emmy winning Inside The NBA. In particular, the round mound of rebound sharply criticized Mamba for his game seven against Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs.

"I think he was being very selfish," Barkley had said after the game. "I think he stopped shooting so he could say, ‘Those guys didn’t help me." (May 2006)

After Barkley’s comments, the two feuded via text message, which became public knowledge and forced the NBA and TNT into setting-up this awkward truce. Remember, this panel hit …

 

Times have changed. Bryant’s new less-is-more, facilitator approach has killed the selfish tag. And Barkley, give him credit, recognized #24’s growth and praised him. Hopefully, we never see another uncomfortable exchange like in May of 2006.

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