Wednesday , May , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Paul Says Kobe Bryant Deserved MVP Award

Chris Paul’s bid for this season’s MVP award ended Tuesday, when the NBA announced Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant as the recipient of the honor.

Bryant won the award for the first time, receiving 82 of a possible 126 first-place votes and 1,100 total points. Paul, the Hornets’ third-year point guard, finished second with 28 first-place votes and 894 points, and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett finished third with 670.

"It’s a great honor," Paul said Tuesday about Bryant’s win. "He deserves it. He had an outstanding year." [Times-Picayune]