Ohio.com: ”I’d give it to Kobe,” James said. ”What he’s done this whole year, to carry that team to the No. 1 team in the West right now. He’s playing his best basketball all around. I’ve watched him the whole year. I saw it last summer when I played with him with USA Basketball and the sacrifices he’s made for the team and he’s done that with the Lakers.”
Various polls done around the country have Bryant and Paul in a dead heat for the award with James coming in third or fourth. Two years ago, James finished second in the voting. Last year, he finished fifth. Bryant hasn’t won the award in his 12 years in the league, but this appears to be his best shot.
”I’ve been quoted millions of times saying Kobe is the best player in our league for the last five years,” James said. ”He hasn’t received the MVP. This is his year I think.”