L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant is in his 12th season, and it may be getting embarrassing to explain why the game’s best player has never come closer than two third-place finishes.

(In 2005-6, Bryant didn’t get a single vote, which meant he finished behind New Orleans’ P.J. Brown, who got one 10th-place vote.)

“I think that’s the most remarkable stat of all, that he’s been in the league 12 years and hasn’t won it,” said Hornets Coach Byron Scott of Bryant before the game. I don’t think he’s been runner-up. I don’t think he’s come in third. I think it’s remarkable that he hasn’t and for the past five or six years, he’s been the best player in this game.”