Kobe 1st in NBA.com Race to the MVP

Hoorah! Kobe getting some love! It’s interesting to see how the Celtics and Cavs have been struggling with some injuries while the Lakers continue to steamroll along… back 2 back MVP’s? I can dig that.

NBA.com: Kobe fans rejoice. Your favorite is now the favorite.

After having LeBron James and Kobe Bryant one-two in Race to the MVP for nearly two months, this week we’ve flipped the two. Last season, before Bryant won his first MVP award, we didn’t move Kobe to the top spot until he faced off against the Hornets’ and Chris Paul in late April.

Until then, the authors of Race to the MVP had Paul at No. 1 for most of the season’s second half, and rightfully so. The Hornets had exceeded expectations by not only leading the Southwest Division, the NBA’s toughest and but also challenging for the top seed in the rugged West.

But then, Kobe and the Lakers — with the help of a Spanish import — came on strong down the stretch and challenged the upstarts from the Crescent City for supremacy in the West. On April 11, 2008, Kobe had 28 points, 10 boards and nine assists as the Lakers topped New Orleans 107-104 en route to staking their claim to the No. 1 seed in the conference.

We bring up last season for two reasons: one, to illustrate how close we thought the race was between Paul and Bryant, and two, the speed with which Kobe overtook Paul.

But like most memories, ours have been clouded by time. We may have thought the race to be close, but when the votes were counted, it wasn’t. Kobe was first on 82 of the 126 first place votes, with Paul receiving 28 first-place votes. That’s a blowout.

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  • LAKing

    Back to Back will be great, but Kobe wants the ring and his first Finals MVP.

  • Juilliard Dancer LA

    Kobe Hands Down MVP. His team swept the other two top teams in the League.. he has his team playing Balanced Ball and that’s why they are so hard to beat… plus he’s the Greatest Finisher of all time.. he looks pretty valuable to me after seeing what he has his team doing this year

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    On top of all that, Kobe should be sidelined due to injury or out for several months due to surgery, but he’s not & continues to surpass all the doubters that Kobe is better that Michael. I’m so glad Kobe is a part of TLN! :cool:

  • jellybean

    ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME!

  • Lakers 24 7

    I thought I would never see the day…for this season at least. lol

    it is about damn time

  • Diehardfan

    omg! since this subject came up let’s just say that why I am hearing the argument that Wade should be MVP when he is doing the same thing that Kobe did the two seasons that Nash won the title. This year it is Kobe that has the best record and Wade has the sub-par record so lets see if they don’t rob Kobe this year. besides, as long as he is raising the Finals Championship trophy not of that matters. and He will!

  • LAKing

    This is going to be the year that nothing will get in the way of Kobe raising that MVP trophy, Chamionship trophy and Finals MVP trophy. He won’t stop at nothing.

  • imfasterthanur

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    Amen.

  • killua24

    Keep it up!

  • rosemarie

    kobe bryant is the best!!

  • HEAven814

    KOBE MADE THE CRUCIAL MOMENTS prudent and overcame every adversity he encountered. Besides, He was the reason why team U.S.A won over Spain in the gold medal game in Beijing. The 4- Point play at the very crucial 4th quarter where TEAM U.S.A was only up by 2 with 3 min left.
    He is not a great clutch player in the NBA but Also outside the Nba! CONGRATULATION KOBE!