Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant have been fighting for position in the MVP race, just like their respective teams — the Hornets and Lakers — have been battling it out atop the tight Western Conference.

ESPN: A season like no other has had an MVP race like no other.

The hot names early in the season were Kevin Garnett (for Boston’s 29-3 start), Dwight Howard (for Orlando streaking on the road) and LeBron James (for being LeBron).

Then as it dawned on everyone that the Lakers and the Hornets were for real, and might not fade as in seasons past, two more names broke through: Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

From there, it became a question of what voters (and fans) valued most:

• Garnett’s defense and leadership toward the biggest team improvement in NBA history;
• Howard’s impersonation of Shaq … and Superman;
• LeBron’s amazing numbers in the face of team turmoil;
• Paul’s mastery of the point guard position and firm control of the surprising Hornets;
• Bryant’s key role in leading the Lakers while holding the unofficial title of Best Two-Way Player in the Game.

In the end, KB24 prevailed narrowly over CP3 on ESPN.com’s ballots, as many expect to happen in the official voting results. Bryant’s supporters made clear their vote was not a “lifetime achievement award,” but at the same time, many have wondered how long he must wait to win. Since Paul is just 22 years old, and James is only 23, presumably their time will come, some would say. And Garnett took home his MVP trophy four years ago.

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  • sepehr

    Kobe slightly won on the ESPN panel which means he might lose in the real vote as there are many journalists out there who hate Kobe and wont even place him in their top 4.

  • domz

    Kobe, should have won them last year and before last season.. So i think, the TIME IS NOW..Our Time is NOW..Kobe’s Time is NOW!!!

  • mfoznot

    Kobe’s got to win MVP, he’s got to.

  • jerry-bigj

    KOBE HAS BEEN THE M.V.P FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS THERE IS JUST ALOT OF HATERS !!!!!

  • Keep Odom

    I have no clue why it is so hard for other voters to see that he deserves the MVP. As long as the Lakers stay in 1st place, there is absolutely NO reason or excuse why he shouldn’t get it this year. Go Lakers!

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

    Thank you ESPN for showing a true fact that the MVP should go to Mamba, YEAH, WAHOO! Oh, and TLN, how come I can’t talk in the shoutbox/chatbox anymore?

  • gugy

    If Lakers win tonight and ends being the first in the west, I am pretty sure Kobe will get the MVP.
    But if the Lakers end up in second we might hear the argument that CP took NO to the top and blah, blah, blah.

    Kobe deserves the MVP for many years. I think his time finally arrived. On top of that I want to win it all against Boston.

    Go Lakers!

  • Ignard

    I’m still trying to understand how ANYBODY would vote 4 Lebron THIS season? In no way does he deserve it over Kobe,CP3,or KG.

  • SiKWiDIt

    Well Kobe has Many reasons that CP3 doesn’t have to become MVP

    Debatable Talents
    CP3
    -Best point guard at the moment in the NBA
    -Made his teammates better
    -Leads NBA in Assists and Steals
    -Brought the Hornets, which were a Horrible team, to the Top 4 of the amazing Western Conference

    Kobe
    -Best player in the NBA at the moment
    -Made his teammates from nobodies to developing All-Star material players
    -2nd in the NBA in scoring
    -Brought the 8th place Lakers to the top seed of the tight west
    -Gives his teammates energy to win in tight situations

    If I think of more I’ll add them.
    KG WILL NOT WIN IT BECAUSE HE HAS MISSED TO MANY GAMES
    LEBRONS TEAM WOULD NOT EVEN MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS IF THEY WERE IN THE WEST. If your stats are that good make sure your making your teammates better

  • xtro

    Damn it! No one else scored 81 points in the game than Kobe. Kobe is the MVP hands down.

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/YKASTO KINGKOBE24

    KOBE WHY THE HELL WILL U COMPARE CP3 TO KINGKOBE CP3 IS GOOD BUT NOT THAT GOOD SO HE CAN PASS AND STEAL THE BALL KOBE CAN TAKE ON TEAMS BY HIMSEALF! REMEMBER 81POINTS YEA U DO. KOBE MADE EVERYONE BETTER YEA HE SAID HE WAS GONNA LEAVE BUT THANKS TO HIM THE TEAM RESPONDED BYNUM IS A MONSTER NOW L-O IS PLAYING WAY BETTER BASKETBALL I COULD GO ON WELL LAKER FANS MY VOTE IS KINGKOBE FOR MVP!!
    CP3 LOL! FUNNY.

  • west213

    KOBE 2008-2010. MVP….