Lakers running MVP campaign for Bryant

L.A. Times: The top spot in the Western Conference might not be the only thing decided in the final regular-season games.

Some voters might simply select Kobe Bryant or New Orleans guard Chris Paul as the league’s most valuable player based on which team finishes better in the West, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

“I think winning the West is probably going to be the most important thing as far as that goes. It’s going to have a big influence,” said Jackson, who has reiterated his support for Bryant numerous times over the last few weeks. But Jackson acknowledged that Paul was also playing at a high level: “I think that Chris has certainly vaulted into that position where he seriously has to be considered.”

The Lakers are two games behind the first-place Hornets, with the regular season ending next Wednesday.

There were 129 writers and broadcasters who voted for the MVP award last season. On-the-fence voters get a chance to see the Lakers and Hornets play each other Friday at Staples Center.

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  • DCLAKER

    How about running a Championship Campaign for The Lakers,OUR TIME IS NOW(good slogan)!

  • LAKERSDIVA24

    HOW ABOUT BEATING THE TEAMS THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED BEAT LIKE, MEMPHIS, CHARLOTTE, AND PORTLAND. I THINK WE ARE HANGING AROUND THE 3RD SEED TO GET ANOTHER SHOT AT PHOENIX. MISTAKE, THE BEST MATCHUP FOR US IS DENVER, BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT, AND THEN DALLAS. THIS IS OUR YEAR!!! LET’S GO!!!

  • http://www.nba.com/lakers Soichiro

    no bias here. A hard-core Kobe and Lakers fan here!

    But if the Hornets finishes with the best record in the west, hand the MVP award over the CP3. =)

    I don’t believe Kobe could never garner that humbling portion.

    In the next five years, he would definitely win an MVP or two, in the Finals and for the regualr season. =)

    The Lakers and Hornets could finish 57-25. Lakes need to win their 4 remaining games and intensify their defense.

    That game against the Hornets is crucial, and for sure, Kobe would take it personally.

    If the Lakers and Hornets finish tied for the regular season record, I think the Lakers gain a higher seed, and the MVP belongs to Kobe. =) Prayers my fellow hopeful! God willing!

  • sepehr

    I personally think Kobe has had a tougher season considering the injuries that the lakers have had. Also the record of the hornets is not that much better than the lakers (1.5 games). Chris paul also has slightly better players on his team ( stojakovic, West, Chandler). Kobe should get MVP by a slight margin cause Chris Paul has been amazing this year. I think the voting will come down to who plays better in firday’s game and I know that Kobe knows this and will try and match Paul by playing a great team game and work towards a triple double. Even if Paul gets MVP I won’t be mad, since he is a great player and much more deserving than Lebron.