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.