Sunday , Apr , 05 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade shouldn’t share MVP honours

In 1994-95, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honours and superstars have split the MVP trophy at All-Star games. So Russell’s idea isn’t that far-fetched, especially when considering the fine season Bryant, James, and Wade have each had. After all, Black Mamba’s Lakers are on top of the Western Conference, ‘King James’ and his Cavaliers have the league’s best record, and ‘Flash’ has put the Heat on his shoulder following their disastrous 2007-08 …


Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade shouldn't share MVP honoursNBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: "If I had to pick, you know what I’d do? For the first time in history, we’d have three MVPs [LeBron, Kobe and D-Wade]." Bill Russell, as quoted in the (Orlando Sentinel) 

Our Very Quick Analysis: There is precedence for co-winners.

In 1994-95, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honours and superstars have split the MVP trophy at All-Star games. So Russell’s idea isn’t that far-fetched, especially when considering the fine season Bryant, James, and Wade have each had.

After all, Black Mamba’s Lakers are on top of the Western Conference, ‘King James’ and his Cavaliers have the league’s best record, and ‘Flash’ has put the Heat on his shoulder following their disastrous 2007-08.

Regular season MVP is different. It’s the crème de la crème of awards and the currency in which greatness is measured. Also, it provides a record for fans to trace the game’s history. Then there is the fact it’s decided by a detailed voting procedure.

Most importantly, the MVP award generates discussion and headlines. Fans, coaches, and even the players, themselves, all have opinions on who should win the award. These diverse opinions create much debate, which is good for the league.

Russell is a diplomat. But MVP has always been a one-person award decided by voting. And it should stay that way.

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