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Kobe Bryant is this year’s MVP

Kobe Bryant is on a mission. Is evident that after last year elimination by the Dallas Mavericks and the subsequent comments about Bryant’s decline. Kobe Bryant is on a mission. At the moment he is leading the league in scoring with 28.7 ppg. The last time a 30+ year old player won the scoring title was 1998 and his name was Michael Jordan.

After the All-star Bryant is averaging 29.5 ppg. and his Lakers are second in the western conference standings. All of this in the midst of uncertainty as of some of his teammates were involved in trade talks including Paul Gasol, Bynum and Fisher.

So when his teammates were focused on whether or not they would have to pack their bags and leave Southern California, Bryant was busy beating the likes of Miami, Boston, Memphis and Dallas in the span of 19 days. Bryant was relief when the deadline was over because his teammates could now focus on the real game.

Everything started in the All-Star Game. After receiving a hard foul from Dwayne Wayne, Bryant was diagnosed with a broken nose and a concussion that forced him to wear a protective mask for the next couple of weeks. Bryant went on to score 30+ on the next 3 games including a victory over Miami in which Wade -his aggressor- was fouled out with about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Bryant got his payback.

The Lakers are only behind OKC Thunder in the west standings. Durant is the big favorite to win the MVP award. He is second in scoring behind Bryant but my guess is he will probably end up winning his 3rd consecutive scoring title. That’s unless teammate Russell Westbrook decides to take some of the spotlight off from Durant. And that is a big IF, if you consider Westbrook ability to score and his obvious desire to shine. Westbrook in my opinion is the reason that the Thunder are the top of the west standings this season and the reason why Durant shouldn’t be MVP.

There are also the cases of Lebron James and Derrick Rose. The reason that I think neither of them deserve the MVP this year is simple: Rose has missed some time and hasn’t been as great as last year yet his Bulls are in first place and in spite of this Lebron hasn’t been able get the Heat to stay a top of the East. Period.

Finally there is also the case of Kobe Bryant only having one regular season MVP in his resume. To any other player the one MVP award milestone reads amazing, it’s is a truly great accomplishment but to Kobe Bryant? who is arguably the greatest Laker of All-Time, who is second only to Jordan at the shooting guard position and has 5 championship rings along with two finals MVP. That doesn’t read pretty at all.

It has happened in the past but it shouldn’t this year. Kobe Bryant deserves and should win the 2012 NBA most valuable player award.

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#Kobe Bryant  #NBA  #Basketball  #MVP  #Lakers  #Lebron James 
What’s wrong with playing away?

In 2007 at the turning point of his career David Beckham decided to sign for the LA Galaxy. After playing for some of the most successful teams in soccer he decides to join the MLS in the United States. Where at that time, soccer was as popular as Joseph Kony was back then.

There might be doubters but there is not denying Beckham’s arrival to Los Angeles has been a success in many levels. Soccer in America now goes beyond going out to a bar to watch the world cup every four years. It is now considered a real sport.

And it’s not only Beckham, there have been many soccer players from all over the world that go to play in countries that they would have never considered going to at their peak of their careers. Maradona, Pele, Cruyff all went to play in a country where the sport needed a boost and now is players like Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo and even a - not so old - Thierry Henry, who has followed Beckham’s steps and joined the MLS too.

The positive impact these players have in the sport, the communities, the business, etc. makes me wonder why don’t NBA players do the same thing. Basketball has been a global sports since Michael Jordan made popular to stick your tongue out while playing.  But how many basketball fans outside of the US got to see Jordan play live, or Ewing, or Barkley, or even crazy hair Dennis Rodman? Not many is my guess.

NBA has put much effort trying to stay global and to some degree they have been successful. Basketball after all is played everywhere but my message here is not for the NBA, nor for team owners to bring more games to international seas(which they still should). This message is for the players, especially those who are way past their peak.

I imagine that it’s difficult to accept that one is not longer competitive or still haven’t gotten a championship ring but there is a misconception in the US and specially around the NBA community that playing overseas is as low as you could possibly go. That’s just wrong. Look at the success Stephon Marbury has had in China, the impact the guy has made in thousands of kids that never seen basketball played at an elite level. The impact on the economy around stadium and the families that are benefiting from it. But most importantly the impact in the sport’s international growth.

The motivation for this article was the rumour that started yesterday that Allen Iverson was going to play for a regional team from the Dominican Republic. When it was falsely announced, thousand of fans in online communities like Twitter and Facebook were really excited about the opportunity to watch play one of the best players from the last decade.

Mr. Iverson himself can’t picture how big he was in the Dominican Republic in the early 2000s. Every kid wanted to move like him, he kept basketball relevant after Jordan retired. It wasn’t Kobe and Shaq or Tim Duncan’s fundamentally sound game. It was Allen Iverson killer crossover.

It is sad that after all it was just a rumour. For me personally, it was a bit disappointing. I was really looking forward to it. I was at the garden a couple of weeks ago for the Sixers-Knicks game. It was my first time in an official basketball game and it was magical, I loved it. But I would have prefered to watch a supposedly “burned out” Allen Iverson than a Jeremy Lin at his prime. And it wasn’t just me personally, around the web people from all over the country were already planning to drive to see AI play. That rumour made people remember that basketball is played in the Dominican Republic, it made it relevant even if it was just for a few hours.

Something needs to be done to change NBA players minds about the playing overseas at the end of their careers. It is natural to decrease performance with age but there is nothing wrong about playing in another country. it is actually the best way to leave the game from a player’s perspective. After all they will be the stars and will stay relevant game to game but most importantly they will help the sport growth at a faster pace at the international level.

P.S. Mr.Bryant I hope by the time you are retiring, you be willing to come down here for a few games.

— 2 years ago
#Allen Iverson  #Basketball  #NBA  #Global  #International  #Crossover 
Why Lebron James will never win a NBA tittle.

We know it happens, it happened to Dan Marion in football, it happened to Barry Bonds in baseball, it also happens in basketball. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler,  Allen Iverson. These are major superstars that performed at the highest level in their respective sports but came short of winning a championship. Some had great teams, but were unlucky to play in the same era as Michael Jordan and some like Iverson just had Eric Snow at point guard and Aron Mckey at the small. But others just don’t have “it”.

This is the case of Lebron James. After 9 years in the league, Lebron James hasn’t won an NBA tittle. Keep in mind that Jordan won it in year 5, Kobe did it in year 4 as did his now teammate Dwyane Wayne. In the case of Mr. James, he hasn’t have to compete against a Michael Jordan. He was supposed to be “the” Michael Jordan to this generation. He has been stopped time after time. First it was Detroit in the second round, then San Antonio in the Finals,  then lost to Boston, Orlando and finally Boston again.

This was the culmination of 8 years of frustration, where he demonstrated that he lacks the determination and the killer instinct that’s need it to lead a team to victory. I do recognize that he is arguably the most talented player ever, but when God was designing Lebron James he forgot to add the clutch gene. And he knows it. During his time in Cleveland he just had one big shot. In 8 years that’s one shot. It was game two of the Conference Finals against the Magic, and even he was surprised he made it. Just look at his reaction after this shot. He couldn’t believe the ball went in.

But it’s not his fault. We have to remember that this guy came straight out of high school where he dominated, his team won games by 20, 30, 50 points difference on regular basis. He never needed to take a big shot because the opportunity never presented. So now when the opportunity shows he doesn’t know what to do, it is all new to him. So he fails.

The sad part is that there’s nothing he can do about it, he can’t train for that. That killer instinct you develop it when you are young, when you are hungry, when you face aversion and learn from it. It grows within one.

So Mr. James if you can 100 points a game as you said you could, go ahead an do it. Destroyed every team for the first 44 minutes and 59 seconds. Because if the game is on the line in that last second you will not score that basket.

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#Lebron James  #Heat  #Cavs  #NBA  #Clutch  #Choke