There’s a lot of speculation that the NBA wants LeBron James to win the MVP award and is taking steps to make it happen, such as promoting the Cavs star above others in the All-Star voting.
And then there is the upcoming GQ cover.
The man does have the numbers to back up the talk. James is averaging 27.7 points, 6.6 rebound and 6.6 assists for a team that is tied with the Lakers for the league’s best record. Plus, his 38-point performance against the Celtics helped keep him at the forefront.
Kobe Bryant is making his own statement — without anyone’s help except his teammates. The Lakers star is averaging 27.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists without the assist of several injured teammates.
In fact, he has stepped up his game in light of the holes in the lineup. In the past four games (or since Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar, and Luke Walton all have gone down with injuries), Bryant has made 44 of 81 his field goals and knocked down the game-winner against Indiana.
So LeBron isn’t the only superstar looking good these days. And Kobe doesn’t need a stylist to show him how.