Torchmode wrote:mtron929 wrote:Torchmode wrote:
This isnt a lifetime achievement award. Its an MVP award. Aka "player of the year" award.
LeBron has not been the best player this season based on his stats and record mixed in the fact that hes sitting games.
Of course, it's not the lifetime achievement award. Or else, guys like Dirk or Wade might still be eligible. Lebron is still considered to be the best player by majority of the fans. Just not the MVP. I find this distinction awkward as I think the best player is the MVP and the MVP should go to the best player.
He doesent need an award for that. If fans consider him the best player then thats all the reconition he should get for that. The MVP award should be something a playeds works all season to achieve. Giving the award out to a player because "the fans think hes the best" would be idiotic. The award must be earned, not handed out on past achievements or fan recognition. Why even have the award then? Top players would just forfeit the season and try less hard and we would have much lower quality basketball from the superstars because they would know "lebron is gonna win it every year until he retires why bother"
Well, a lot of the time, being the best and putting up good numbers in the regular season goes hand in hand. I mean, if Lebron was averaging 3 points per game on 30% shooting, I wouldn't be advocating that he receives the MVP award, because that would be an indication that his game has gone down the toilet. But he is putting up great numbers, which adds to what we know about Lebron as the player.
I agree with you that the award must be earned. That means guys like Westbrook and Harden have to try harder to be better than Lebron. They still are not better than him. The award must be earned.
Finally, why would top players forfeit the season? This is still a team game. Are you telling me that Harden would just give up on the season if he can't get the MVP award. That would indicate how selfish he is about playing basketball if his sole motivation to play well is to win the MVP award, right?