LeBron: "Coach, I've gotten us this far this season, can I have recess?"
Mike Brown: "Of course sir, whatever you wish my magesty."
After the stunt LeBron pulled during the last match-up of the best two teams in the East, I completely agree with Tim Povtak of FanHouse:
"It's why James never will earn the respect that was once given to Michael Jordan. Maybe James should think again about that number change to honor him.
It's why he just lost my vote for NBA Most Valuable Player. If he doesn't think it's important enough to play all 82 -- or at least try -- then he isn't good enough to be the MVP."
Not like I had any piece of my being thinking he deserved it with the other stunts he pulls. Trust me, I respect and appreciate each and every player/team in the NBA but when you are as pompous as this? Don't expect me to be a "fan."
If you are truly as good as you are, the fans believe you to be, the organization markets you to be... then prove it... just like Dwight Howard does day in and day out.
Some fans may disagree with DH being MVP because he may not play PG, but MVP means so much more to me. It's upsetting when fans forget this is a team sport. DH leads his team, strengthens his team and forces the team to improve day in and day out. How is that not MVP material? When the "MVP" leaves his teammates to play while he "rests" says pompous to me! How is THAT MVP material? It just baffles me.
I guess I wish there was a middle point. On one end you have a player that receives recognition and support for everything they do because they are a phenominal player. Then on the opposite end you have a player that gets pushed and critiqued game in and game out by press, refs, fans etc. If there was a healthy way to respect someone the way they deserve without politics getting in the way then we would not be having this discussion. It would be a much more pleasant discussion on how LeBron, Dwight, Kobe, and Dirk are all contenders for MVP and it's gonna be a close, good, well-deserved race... I wonder if that time will ever come. Until then, I remain fan of all, frustrater of NBA politics, and #1 cheerleader for the Magic!
Is LeBron displaying MVP behavior (excluding statistics on the court... when he "feels" like playing)?
Who would you like to see in a healthy competition for MVP?
What frustrates you most of NBA politics?
Do you think DH gets the respect he deserves?
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