Kobe Bryant has finally done everything to earn the honor of becoming the leagues undisputed Most Valuable Player.

The checklist is finally complete.

Kobe makes the players around him better, and is the best player on arguably the best team.

Best player offensively and defensively, performs on a true contender, the best closer in the league; he’s on a team that is going to win over 50 games. Has his best game in important match-ups (Most recently see 41 pts vs. Suns, 52 vs. Dallas, and 17 in the 4th quarter vs. the Kings).

He usually guards the best player on the opposing team, and countless times, puts his team on his back and wills them to victory.

Averages 28.3 ppg, 5.3 apg, 6.1 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.

Kobe shoots 84% from the free throw line. 47% from the field, and 35% from behind the arc.

Phil Jackson has already claimed that this is the best he has seen Kobe play. That is a big statement considering the seasons Kobe has had in the past.

If Kobe Bryant does not win the MVP this year, it would mean complete chaos in La-La land.

If I have too I will march to the NBA front office myself and protest harder than anybody has ever protested before.

As I child I asked my dad how good Larry Bird was, how good was Dr.J, and the greats before my era.

Those children not born yet, will not have the privilege to watch Kobe Bryant at the peak of his career. They will indeed ask us Laker fanatics. How good was Kobe Bryant?

What will the average person say? Well he was pretty darn good, but not as good as Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki .

Please, Kobe Bryant is the best of this era. Whether it was the case in Colorado, or the misconception that Kobe forced Shaq out of L.A. The writers have not given Kobe Bryant the benefit of the doubt in the last few seasons.

He is the only player in the league last year that received both All-NBA 1st team offense and All-NBA 1st team defense. Statistically he had the best season, and if you would have taken Kobe Bryant off that Laker roster the team would have been lucky to win 20 games.

Yet, no love for 24.

However, this year you can’t argue it. Even If the voters don’t like Kobe. This year is finally the year when he has done everything right and has to be voted as the MVP.

Yes, Chris Paul and LeBron are great. But Kobe is having the best overall season. Offensively, defensively, and quite possibly could lead his team to the best record in the league.

Oh and I’m sure this won’t be considered, however he’s doing all this with a torn ligament on his shooting hand.

I’m not trying to judge, but didn’t LeBron sit out 5 games earlier this season with a “sprained” finger?

Now, I know the MVP award doesn’t judge a players heart or will to fight through an injury, but hey, it at least has to be considered.

Kobe has been the MVP for more than a couple of years. However, you can always make the argument that he is not on team in which is a serious contender for the Championship.

But, this time it’s different he actually is and is obviously the main reason why the Lakers have been so successful this season.

So a note to the writers/voters we all know Kobe Bryant is the best in the league, ask LeBron James that question. He has been for several years, now since he is finally on a contender that is going to win over 50 games there is no doubt that he has to be awarded the MVP.

You can’t hide behind anymore excuses, finally the time has come and you have no choice. Whether you like him personally or not…

Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s 2008 MVP.

David Brickley is a TLN Staff contributor, you can contact David at DBricks33@GMail.com, also check his work out at MySpace.com/TheDavidBrickleyShow.

  • Mark

    I have a feeling it my be LeBron. Even though kobe deserves it for sure. if lebron gets it this year kobe should have got it 3 years in row before

  • DCLAKER

    Stern! It’s time to stop D!@# Riding LBJ and give to The One Man Dynasty(sorry Randy Orton). What more does Kobe have to do? From his teammates,to his fellow peers in the league(like LBJ,Mcgrady and Iverson)all know who the is,hell,anybody who plays basketball knows. Everywhere he goes chants of “M-V-P,M-V-P,M-V-P” ring out,even when The Lakers are playing away games it’s the same result. David,YOU FAT B!@#$%&,Kobe better get that MVP this year,C!@#sucker or else(When I find out what that else is I’ll let y’all know).

  • Phant0M

    AMEN

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

    Agreed DCLAKER! Kobe does deserve MVP this year, if he doesn’t, then Stern should be fired from his position as NBA Commissioner! Let alone any other NBA job he may and probably want if he’s fired! P.S., I think he’s racist to Kobe Bryant! Not LeBron James, a fellow black man! IDIOT=David Stern! COCKY=LeBron!

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

    Agreed DCLAKER! Kobe does deserve MVP this year, if he doesn’t, then Stern should be fired from his position as NBA Commissioner! Let alone any other NBA job he may and probably want if he’s fired! P.S., I think he’s racist to Kobe Bryant! Not LeBron James, a fellow black man! STUPID=David Stern COCKY=LeBron

  • True Lakers Fan

    Kobe will be MVP

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    lbj is scoring, assisting and rebounding more, but just see the record between the two teams and theres your mvp, kobe..

  • http://thelakersnation.com Ed

    I was at the game last night and I said these exact words “No question, Kobe is the MVP” It came out on TV.

  • mfoznot

    I’m sorry, but if almost 9 players score in double figures on a team, then you have to give the leader of that team some props (a.k.a. Kobe) This team is on fire and Kobe is the spark. If they finish in the top two in the west I don’t see any reason why Kobe doesn’t get MVP. No reason. Go Lakers!

  • DCLAKER

    Laker2410,you make me proud to be a Laker fan(and the rest of Lakernation as well). ARE U HEARIN’ THIS STERN? The PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. STERNSTOPHATIN’ONKOBE.com,NOW CAN YOU DIG IT,SUCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  • goofella

    If kobe doesn’t win the MVP this year then the world is not round.

  • nyla

    Personally, I’d rather see Kobe get DPOY over MVP. They give anyone MVP these days. Just look at the past 4 seasons. Only one plays hard at both ends of the court. And I love KG, but he disappears down the stretch.

  • ZestyItalian2

    I agree with you about the unprecedented outrage that would occur if LBJ gets the award. Los Angeles would erupt, and there’d be some MAJOR nationwide conspiracy-theory whispering.

    The sports media just plain doesn’t like Kobe Bryant. Never have. They don’t know what to make of him. He’s a black man who was raised in Italy and white american suburbs. He got a 1400 on his SATs. He’s bilingual and about as un-street as African-American professional athletes get. He doesn’t get his rocks off by being a media darling or providing journalists with ticklish quotes. He doesn’t shuck and jive for the camaras like Shaq. He’s nobody’s n*****.

    Since they couldn’t make him into a clown, a badass, or a cheeseburger salesman, their confusion turned to contempt. The Colorado trial, all of which was golddigging BS, helped them rationalize it.

    Kobe is the MVP.

    Just to point out something ELSE that is NEVER said, though: LeBron James’s game, while awe-inspiring, is based primarily on brute physical force and youthful athletic ability. He simply steamrolls people. The kid is amazing to watch, and one of the great talents we’ve seen in a long time, but Kobe’s game is smarter, more elegant, more fluid, and more beautiful to watch. He can score from more places in more ways than LeBron. Furthermore, if LeBron’s jumpshot, defense, and fundementals dont improve, his game will go south when his youth and athleticism fades. I, for one, think that he will develop his game to suit his age, much like Jordan and Kobe did. As it stands now, however, he’s just a force of nature.

    But thats just my point. You don’t give the MVP to the physical phenomenon. You give it to the crafty veteren who has every club in the bag. Kobe’s game, nor his value, have no equal.

    Final thought: You cannot deny Kobe the MVP the last three years on the basis that he was carrying a talentless team to a mediocre record, and then turn around this year and make the exact opposite argument in favor of LeBron.

    I defy the sports media to either give KB24 the MVP this year, or admit, explicitly, and explain your deep seated prejudice against the greatest player of the post Jordan era.

  • MILO

    Fu-ck David Stern!!!

  • BEC

    Some of you need to get some facts straight before you make some stupid statements. First off, David Stern has no say on whos mvp. So whats with some of you hating on Stern? The mvp is decided by sports writers and broadcasters across the nation, not stern. People say kobe deserved the last four years? Nope. NO ONE has won mvp in the last 28 years, whos team did not win atleast 50 games. And the last three years kobes team has NOT won 50 games. Regardless of 81 points, 50ppg avg over a month, and so on. The mvp vote is pretty much decided by a combination of the best player on the best team. Kobe is obviously the best player but the last three years kobes team has been .500 at best, so no mvp regardless of stats. This year it looks like its going to be kobe, kobes obviously the best player in the NBA and lakers are clearly the favorite to win it all if not one of.

  • lalball81

    Very well said ZestyItalian2. You bring up some great points. I too believe that if they deny Kobe the award again this year then their prejudice against him will be clear as day. However, they will of course try to rationalize it in one way or another.

    They say that LeBron is having the best individual season, and he’s averaging 38 ppg over his last five. Well… Hasn’t Kobe done something similar to that? So he hasn’t had the best individual seasons for the last couple of years? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then 81, 65, 50, 60, and 50 should ring a bell. Also, of course, 35.4. Don’t forget Kobe averaged better then 40 points per game over the course of a month. LeBron averages 38 over the course of 5 games and the media goes crazy. They eat it up.

    Perhaps the most important clue as to who had the best individual seasons the last couple of years can be seen in the roster surrounding Kobe. Kwame Brown and Smush Parker in the starting 5? They can’t even see playing time on two of the WORST teams in the NBA. You’ll notice that the same year those bums were in the starting lineup was Kobe’s historical season, and the year he almost lead the team to a upset of the Suns in the Playoffs.

  • lalball81

    Also, the media tries to point to LeBron’s superior statistics. He does more with less than Kobe. Please! This OBVIOUS bias in the media is disheartening as an NBA fan.

    What’s it gonna be? Are they going to mold and shift the MVP criteria every year to favor their poster boy, LeBron James? How could they consider giving it to the best individual player this season (and he’s not), but not give it to Kobe two years ago?

    Let’s see: LeBron’s team is not going to win better then 50 games. That’s certain. Kobe’s team is on pace to win 60+ games. LeBron plays in the East, Kobe in the West.

    Now. Who is more valuable? Is it the player that has great stats on a weak team in a weak conference? Or is it the player that has great stats on a great team in a superior conference; therefore also having a better shot at a ring.

    The choice should be clear.

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com/blog JAY “MONEY”

    i really think that James might actually win the MVP just because the NBA and the media would allow KB24 to win it….but who cares…everybody knows the KB24 is the best in the league its just no one wants to admitt it…i don’t really care much who wins MVP but of course as a Laker fan you KB24 to win it…of course just like me and everybody else….but what really matters the most in this league is winning a championship..getting finals mvp and especially proving the doubters wrong.

    Kobe has gotten it done from the get go nobody realizes just how much KB24 wants to win…i know he 3 rings w/ Shaq…but w/o Kobe who always got it done in the playoffs who strikes fear onto any
    opponent that’s willing to challenge him…he’s been there done that…even w/ Shaq getting all the credit bringing 3 rings in a row
    to L.A. KB24 never got his due.

    The man is so amazing on the basketball that nobody realizes that he
    does not even have to score that much nowadays even w/ Pau on the Line-up imagine when KB24 in the zone the man is pretty much unstoppable i have never seen one defender deter what KB24 does on the court(just look at the Mavs and Kings game last week).

    I was watching ESPN last night and its funny because they give James
    so much credit already comparing him to all-time greats like MJ, Ali, Tiger Woods and Bill Russell and what they’ve accomplised when they were 23 years old. What about KB24 winning at 23 years of age..all-star MVP in Philly his hometown where people booed him and of course winning their second title…he’s never going to get the credit that he deserves. People pay too much attention outside the court and what’s not taking place when he steps in the floor.

    With that said and done we just have to wait and see that the best of KB24 is yet to come.

  • lakerz

    [Comment ID #28816 Will Be Quoted Here]

    i kind of agree.
    stern doesent decide the mvp peoples.
    and its true the reason kobe hasent won mvp is because of the wins.
    but if LeBron wins this year or even comes in second place with his team below 50 wins there is something wrong with the world.

  • Craig W.

    http://forums.lakersground.net/viewtopic.php?t=57461

    This article articulates all the points and misconceptions about the Lebron vs Kobe debate. After reading it I, personally, became more convinced of Kobe’s deserving the MVP. However, the article is more a statistical breakdown and disproves some of the common things we hear the ‘talking heads’ say about Kobe. It does not specifically say the reader would vote Kobe the MVP after reading it.

    I agree that all MVP voters should read this article. Then their votes – whoever they vote for – would be better informed; and their later reasons for their vote would be from a position of knowledge, rather than hearsay.

  • kPoAbUe

    i swear if kobe doesnt win ama _______ up the nba.

  • KONG!

    Kobe should get MVP with either CP3 or Garnett coming in at second. Personally, I don’t think James should even be in the top 5. There are many other performers in the NBA that put up numbers like his. He hasn’t done anything different from last season

  • DCLAKER

    I disagree with some of y’all saying D.Stern doesn’t have anything to do with the MVP decision,DUH,he’s The Commissioner,if he doesn’t then who does? He may do the voting but he very vocal about LBJ and was cheesing very much like school girl when he handed LBJ that MVP trophy for the All-Star game. Everybody knows how he feels about Kobe. I know a lot of NON-LAKER fans and just people who love KB only and they all say the same thing,KOBES’ BEEN GETTING ROBBED SINCE SHAQ GOT TRADED. STERNDOTHERIGHTTHING.com,like Spike Lee!!!

  • JayC22

    Protesting might be a little much, but if we win a championship but Kobe is not recognized as MVP it’ll be ok

  • Alvin

    The checklist is not complete.

    He needs a Finals MVP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    Alvin…I meant the checklist to be the MVP is complete…Such as being on a 50+ win team….making your teammates better etc. Thats what I meant by that

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    KOBE SHOULD GET MVP, BUT DO NOT COUNT KG OUT YET HE DOES HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE LEAUGE, LBJ IS NOT GONNA WIN IT, BEACOUSE IF HWE WINS THIS YEAR WITH A 500-577 PERCENT TEAM IN THE LEASTER CONFRENCE, THEN KOBE SHOULD’VE WON IT IN 05-06 WHEN HE AVERAGED 35.4 A GAME, BUT HE CANT CAUSE ONLY PLAYERS ON THE BEST TEAM REALLY CAN WIN, ASK DIRK AND NASH, THE ONLY PERSON I COULD SEE STEALING IT IS KG DATS IT, CP3 IS A BEAST BUT STILL GOT SOME GLICHES AND IS NOT A TOP 4 TEAM IN THE LEAGE, HILL GET HIS CHANCE THOUGH ONEDAY, I WANT 3 AWARDS FROM KOBE

    DEFENCSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    MVP
    FINALS MVP
    FORGET SCORING CHAMPION LBJ CAN HAVE THAT, IF KOBE REALLY WANTED IT HE COULD GRAB IT WITH HIS BROKEN PINKIE

  • ifkoebedoesntwinmvpthenbaisrigged

    if kobe doesn’t win mvp this year…the NBA IS A LIE.

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

    Kobe wins over CP3 in the MVP race, and in the best player race, Kobe wins against LeBron too, it’s not all about the stats! Stats are easier to get than wins, WAY MORE! Kobe can get the stats AND the wins, LeBron is only about stats!

  • e

    he should get, and God willingly will get it =)

  • ricky

    kobe is the MVP. kobe should be the MVP. kobe needs to be the MVP. kobe has to be the MVP. if not, this league is jacked up for sure.

    by the way laker fans, i hear that gerald green, formerly of the boston celtics, minnesota timberwovles, and the houston rockets, is now a free agent. he was waived by the rockets and i believe he is available. i think the lakers have room for one more player, but i dont know if we should sign him. he is young and athletic, but i think he may have attitude/personality issues that can affect the team. however, he can sure fit in well in the 3 spot till trevor ariza comes back. he’s kinda like ariza in a way, very athletic and a high flyer, i just think he is just lacking in passion, confidence, experience, and defensive prowess. but like i said, gerald green was waived and is available. what are your thoughts laker nation?

  • MILO

    [Comment ID #28816 Will Be Quoted Here]

    duh, but there is no doubt in my mind that he’s a Laker hater so just let people be!

  • Reality Check

    ZestyItalian2,

    Way to spit the truth my brother. Whoop there it is!

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    [Comment ID #28813 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I AGREE W EVERY DAMN WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KOBE , KOBE,

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW BRON WILL WIN IT
    HE IS THE CHOSEN 1
    AND HE IS HAVING AN HALL OF FAME STATS YEAR

  • goofella

    kobe is the mvp this year. but what about T-mac, he will end up top 5.

  • gshock626

    all those, especially the media, who say lebron should win the mvp ticks me off. kobe has been putting up ridiculous stats the past few years, yet he never finished higher than 3rd in the mvp race. the main argument for this is his mediocre team record. well, you can’t use that this season. i mean, what are they gonna say this time around? kobe is doing everything he can and has countered all the arguments against him from winning the mvp in previous years. this season lebron puts up some decent stats and people are in awe. please, kobe has been there and done that. if they didn’t give it to kobe they most certainly can’t give it to lebron. you can’t have this double kind of double standard or else the nba’s credibility should be questioned. i don’t even understand how lebron is 2nd on the mvp race. if anything, chris paul and t-mac should rank higher. these 2 guys are carrying their teams in the tough western conference and their team records are right behind the lakers. you also can’t pick someone on the spurs team because they don’t have a clear leader. duncan, parker, and ginobli are equally as important to them, whereas chris paul, t-mac, lebron, and kobe are the clear leaders on their respective teams. so to use the analogy that the mvp should go the the best player on the best team, kobe should hands down win the mvp. if they want to give it to lebron, they’ve gotta come up with a different trophy and a different name. maybe something like mpp, most productive player. lebron is definitely not the most valuable player. he’s the most productive player as far as stats go. and since kobe has been the most productive player the last few years and has never finished higher than 3rd in the mvp race, lebron should not rank higher than 3rd this year either.

  • iLakers

    [Comment ID #28813 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Very well said.

    Kobe WILL win the MVP. And the best thing is that its not being given to him…oh no, Kobe is taking it. Their is no argument why he shouldn’t recieve it, Kobe has put out a phenomenal year that any arguments against his performance as a valuable player would be fickle and baseless.

    If Kobe does not win the MVP this year, that would be the greatest insult to the game of basketball. And the award itself, i believe, would lose so much respect.

    Kobe Will win the MVP.

  • myriam

    Very well said. Kobe deserve to be the MVP this year than anybody else in the league.FULL STOP!!!!

  • Jack

    The last three years a good record team’s best player has won the MVP. With the concept, Kobe should win the MVP. Like i said time and again before, I have NO RESPECT FOR “MVP” UNTIL KOBE WINS IT.

    The last two years, Kobe didn’t get it because of the record. This time the league does not even have that excuse. If lebron gets it for getting scoring and getting the team in the playoffs, why didn’t kobe get it the last two years???? More so, why isn’t Kobe in the conversation every time as much is Lebron is right now?????? Kobe scored averagely more point the Lebron, why, fcuking why was’n’t Kobe not get this much debate for MVP last two years??

    this just sucks.

  • west213

    cool his eyes are purple!!! lmao

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #28856 Will Be Quoted Here]YOU PUT IT ALL TOGETHER IN BLACK AND WHITE…LEBRON RIGHT NOW CANT BE COMPARED TO KOBE…JUST LIKE CARLOS BOOZER SAID AT ALL STAR WEEK-END…KOBE’S GAME IS FLAWLESS!!!! TO ME HE IS POETRY IN MOTION…I LOVE TO WATCH HIM PLAY!!! AND LEBRON IS A BULLY…HE HASNT “YET” LEARNED HOW TO BE SMOOTH!!! HE REMINDS ME OF A BULL DOZER…NO REAL GOOD FOOT WORK AND HE HASNT DEVELOPED AN ALL AROUND GAME!!!!!LEBRON STILL HAS A WAYS TO GO!!!! KOBE IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL NOW!!!! GIVE THE MAN WHAT HE SOLEY DESERVES… HE IS THE BEST NBA PLAYER IN THE GAME TODAY. GIVE HIM THE MVP TROPHY…RESPECT…..LEBRONS DAY WILL COME…BUT IT AINT TODAY!!!!!!!!

  • iLakers

    Yeah, Lebron is unstoppable, but Kobe makes the impossible possible…and he does it on a consistent basis.

    Give him the DAMN trophy!!!

    I hope Houston still has its streak intact when the Lakers arrive in their town. Kobe will put on a show and he will rise like he has done time and time again.

    KOBE 4 MVP!!!

  • http://swishtheball.net andrew bynum

    lebron is a ball hog and all he cares about is being on comercials

  • gshock626

    all lebron cares about is beating kobe. as long as he beats kobe statistically, he’s satisfied. how do i know? he’s always referring to kobe as the best player in the league. when asked during the beginning of the season (when he was leading the league in scoring and kobe was second) if he’d win the scoring title, he responded by saying he wouldn’t because there’s a certain someone in LA. the guy is obsessed with beating kobe. when he first came into the league he wanted to establish himself as a good player. now he wants to establish himself as the best player. and to do that, he’s trying to fill up his stat sheet since kobe has been going off the past few years statistically. lebron is good because he’s a freak of nature. that was how he dominated at the high school level. lebron was a man amongst boys, much like amare stoudemire in high school. don’t get me wrong. he’s got skills. the guy can pass, has good court awareness, and his shooting is getting better. but the main reason he’s been dominating is because he’s physically gifted. he’s not nearly as polished at this point as kobe. he lacks the will and the mental power that kobe has. kobe is an assassin on the court. he’s got a completely different reserve gear that he can shift into during crunch time, much like jordan. he has a knack for rising above on the biggest stage. sure lebron has good games, but he doesn’t have that second gear that kobe has. lebron gets off sometimes just like any other player that catches on fire (think of michael redd, gilbert arenas, etc). people are on lebron’s jock because many of them are kobe haters. also, the media has painted kobe out to be selfish, a person that rats out his friend, and it doesn’t help that he was caught cheating on his wife. people want to root for lebron because he’s got a clean slate. he’s easier to market and it’s more politically correct to cheer for him. but if one compares only what they do on the basketball court, lebron does not even come close. kobe’s will is unmatched in the league. the only other player that possesses this mental will with the physical ability and basketball IQ to carry out that will is jordan. it’s something that you either have or you don’t. it can’t be taught. it’s too bad kobe has made some mistakes in life and in the media. had he been more media savvy and stayed out of trouble, people wouldn’t even be comparing him and lebron. people would be speaking of kobe in the same light as jordan. no worries though. once kobe wins a few championships with this current lakers squad, the media would be speaking of athletes as the “kobe” of their sport, much like the name “jordan”.

  • Mr. B-DAY

    i personally beleive that sasha vujacic should be the leagues mvp

  • gshock626

    one more thing. when the going gets tough, kobe gets tougher. what i mean by tough is playing hurt, playing mad, and playing in the grandest stage. no other player in this league possesses all three of these qualities.

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    [Comment ID #28882 Will Be Quoted Here]
    I FEEL YOU MY NIGG

  • http://thelakersnation.com ThE NeXt FaRmAr 5

    MVP for sure this season, and if lebron gets it im gonna snap like a rubberband

  • M J

    KOBE IS THE MVP!

    If ‘bron takes it, everybody voting for him will prove their true hypocrisy! Yes, Lebron is having a monster of a season. Averaging almost a triple double? That to me is good. BUT……………………..they have an average record! That’s the same reason Kobe never got MVP being the BEST player in the league for the last three years! That’s right, the best player didn’t deserve the individual award because his team wasn’t at par with the best teams of the league.

    WELL GUESS WHAT….. their daddy Lebron’s team wouldn’t even make it in the Western Playoff picture nor are they the best team in their weaker conference. This while Kobe’s team is battling for first seed in the stronger conference. And it’s not like the past two years when Kobe was INarguably the best player in the league and nobody even came close. This year Lebron and Kobe is sharing the spotlight. Its only more well-rounded for Kobe in terms of excelling in both the offense and defense.

    Well, I’m tired of these shmucks. KOBE is MVP!!! Don’t hate.

  • EQ

    LAL 0-2 vs BOS
    LAL 1-1 vs DET
    LAL 0-2 vs CLE
    LAL 1-1 vs ORL
    LAL 1-2 vs SAS
    That’s 3-8 vs the best the league has to offer… With Kobe healthy
    ————————————————————
    Wed Nov 28, CLE loses 6 games w/o Lebron , CLE 9-6 on Nov 27… LAL 8-6.
    CLE 2-1 vs BOS w/ Lebron
    CLE 0-1 vs DET Lebron injured 1st have doesn’t return for 5 games.
    CLE 2-0 vs LAL Lebron drops, 33 & 41pts on LAL game high for BOTH TEAMS!
    CLE 1-1 vs ORL
    CLE 1-1 vs SAS
    That’s 6-3 vs the same elite teams… With Lebron Healthy
    CLE 38-28 vs LAL 45-19 : assuming LBJ never gets sidelined and CLE wins those six games your now talking about CLE 44-22 vs LAL 45-19. Then what if you consider LAL’s record if the Pau Gasol steal/trade never saves LAL long road trip down elite hell… You tell me if LAL records means they have the MVP… Not really. LAL record is the only thing LA can hold onto.
    Take a stroll down “What-have-you-done-for-me-lately?” or to be exact, “2008”.
    1. Lebron covers Kobe in final seconds of each game, Kobe misses final shot and loses game.
    2. LeBron takes MVP allstar game.
    3. LeBron passes Kobe as the youngest 23 year old hit the 10,000 pts mark. (in less games as well)
    4. LeBron locks the leagues 2008 scoring title down.
    5. Lebron ppg 31.0 rebs 8.1 ast 7.4
    6. Lebron leading the league in 50 pt games this year.
    7. LeBron the only player to have back to back triple doubles.
    8. LeBron’s Defensive stats vs Kobe’s : BLKS LBJ 1.07, KB .53, STL LBJ 2.0, KB 2.0, DEF REB LBJ 6.3, KB 5.0 FOULS LBJ 2.2 , KB 2.6

    What can you dig up for Kobe in the grand ole 08? By the way he is a great player and hats off to him for evolving as a player, but back to the question… Anything?
    ____________________________________________________________
    CLE can only lose 4 of their final 17 games in order to stay above .500.

    CLE has 6 tough games left 3 vs DET 2 vs ORL 1 vs NOR
    The rest are easy games. It will be tough but as long as CLE beats two of those six elite teams they can say they hit .500 despite having 3 starters at a time injured.
    The always misleading statement “LBJ should be doing better in the eastern conference!”
    FACT: CLE is 20-16 vs the Eastern conference (remember 6 of those losses were without LeBron so, actually 20-10)
    FACT: LAL is 19-9 vs the SAME EASTERN CONFERENCE! You know the Leastern?!?
    CLE 17-12 VS WEST COMPARED TO LAL 26-10. With 2 games being the difference in the lost column.
    12 of LAL’s magnificent 26 conference wins came by the likes of the -.500 teams (WESTERN SAC, LAC, MIN, SEA, and MEM.) So much for tougher opponents… Oh and remember at the beginning you saw how LAL did against the elites of the NBA.
    Stop with the LAL’s record “AS A TEAM” being proof Kobe should be the MVP. LAL without KOBE looks a lot like UTAH… Fisher, Gasol, Odem, Bynum, Farmar. Not exactly a lottery team there!