Iverson was the best PG/SG that Melo has played with. The thought of Iverson makes Hollinger head explode.
Nobody wants to play with him, which is why players weren't exactly flocking to accept LA's midlevel exception this summer. That's the one argument I can see for somebody like Nash vs. somebody like Kobe -- everybody wants to be Nash's teammate, and nobody wants to be Kobe's, and that impacts the quality of personnel their teams can acquire.
According to Hollinger, I guess we should trade Kobe now if we ever want to go after Love. Nobody wants to play with Kobe unless we are making trades forcing them to come to the Lakers with Kobe on the team. Keep Nash though.
Nonetheless, we can safely say that the Lakers look dramatically better than they did 24 hours ago. Their biggest weakness, point guard, is now a strength. I'm not sure it has the Thunder quaking in their boots, but we can probably pencil in L.A. alongside San Antonio as Oklahoma City's strongest contender for Western supremacy.
Let's not mince words: Right now, McGrady is flat-out the best player in basketball. It's not even a close call. His current average of 32.4 points per game is the highest in the league in 10 years, and if you eliminate players named "Jordan" from the equation, it's the highest since Bernard King averaged 32.9 in 1984-85.
And yet, when the topic of MVP comes up, McGrady's name is mysteriously absent. Despite putting up the best scoring season in a decade and taking an otherwise talentless team into the postseason, all eyes have been focused westward, toward Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
All three are great players and worthy candidates in another year. But McGrady has been head and shoulders above the rest, and in a fair world, his amazing 40-game stretch should have cemented the award a long time ago.
McGrady take his horrible constructed team to the playoffs he should be MVP, but when Kobe was doing the same thing with a crappy team taking them to the playoffs in the much better west scoring 35PPG...he still picks LeBron. Kobe was head and shoulders above the rest that season!
Tom (Cleveland): If Kobe Bryant won the MVP over LeBron this year, would it be the biggest MVP joke of all time?
SportsNation John Hollinger: It would be up there, but it wouldn't be the worst. To cite two recent examples, Nash's second one and Iverson's were more egregious errors.
Jay (Detroit, MI): How is Kobe winning it a joke? His stats are on-par with LeBrons and his team has a better record. Not to mention his pension for late-game heroics this season. You are a Kobe-h ater...
SportsNation John Hollinger: If a vote were held today and Kobe won, with LeBron having one of the single greatest seasons of all time (arguably the greatest, in fact) and his team having a basically identical record with a visibly inferior supporting cast ... yes, that would be an abomination of a vote.
He picked Kobe 5th in the MVP in 08-09 season, and 09-10. 4th in his MVP year.
According to Hollinger.
LeBron has been better than Kobe since his first game he ever played in Sacramento.
Wade is better than Kobe.
He was also against Rose getting the MVP in 2011, and this was after the team was riddled with injuries. Rose put that team on his back, and took them to 1st in the East.
Picked him 4th.