Scoop Jackson is one of the few writers for ESPN that tells it like it is. That’s why I believe we should hear more from Scoop than we hear from guys like Marc Stein! In Scoop’s recent article he talks about “Why Kobe won’t win the MVP”. It’s not an article against Kobe, but rather talking about all the hate imposed on Kobe Bryant by the Media, the fans, and those involved in the NBA like GM’s, Coaches, and Players.
“Writers won’t honor Kobe like that, not even when in good consciousness
they want to or would like to. As one writer said to me when the
subject was brought up in conversation, very apropos for an election
year, “Kobe’s electability quotient is zero.” In other words, he’s
It’s about time we forget these stupid writers. Everybody knows that a majority of these sports writers are bogus and biased in their opinion. Hell, they get all their material from blogs like this one anyway!
“A man averages 35.4 ppg, the eighth-highest average in the history of
the league; he gives you 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals; he
has 27 games of 40-plus points, has one month where he averages 43.4
ppg, scores 81 in one game and outscores an entire team in another (the
62-point game against Dallas where he sat out the fourth quarter); he
is on the all-defensive first team (something not one of the other
players in the MVP running is included on); and he leads a CBA-built
team to the playoffs. The man has a season that no one is likely to see
for another generation and he comes in fourth in the MVP voting that year.”
He’s talking here about the 05-06 season when Kobe just a terrific year. One of the best seasons any of us will ever witness. And still no MVP award.
“That same man, the very next year, averages 31.6 points, 5.7 rebounds,
5.4 assists and 1.4 steals for the “fedora trick”; he has 10 games of
50-plus points, only the second person in NBA history to do so in a
single season (including a four-in-a-row stretch that hadn’t been seen
in more than 20 years); he makes the all-defensive first team again;
and this time he takes a YBA-built squad to the playoffs. In a season
that many claim is more “complete” than the season before, the man this
time comes in third in the MVP voting.”
This would be the following year or the 06-07 season (last season). Another fantastic year for Kobe and yet again no MVP award for his efforts.
“How bad is it for Kobe? In a 2004-05 season in which Kobe averaged 27.6
points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists, P.J. Brown — yes, you read right
– received more MVP votes than he did, and Brown received only one
vote. How many games did the Hornets win that year? 18.”
I did not realize this! Wow! This represents all that is wrong with this MVP race. It’s a Joke!
“So yes, there is an “earned the right” clause that goes on in all MVP
voting, just as there is that same “clause” that exists in all
professions and walks of life. But it will not apply to Kobe Bryant.
Not this year or any other year. He’s not Denzel, and this isn’t
“Training Day.” And although there are those who say that Kobe is in a
different place now, that the world does not “resent” him the way that
it did, that the Colorado incident is behind him and that the Kobe who
wears No. 24 is different than the one who wore No. 8, their delusion
will only make the situation worse. For it brings false hope. In
sticking with the Academy Awards analogy: Kobe Bryant is Martin
Scorsese … before “The Departed.”"
Hey Scoop, are you reading this blog? Because I swear I used that same analogy in a previous article.
“Plus how will the voters justify not giving CP3 the MVP in a season
when his numbers are better than Nash’s were the two seasons he got
This is one of the better points made about this year’s MVP race. This is so true! If what Scoop Jackson is writing here is true, then my next statement is true. The MVP award is a Joke in the NBA! If the NBA is not careful, the real fans of this league will throw the award out as irrelevant. We will no longer care who wins the award and who doesn’t. Because we are already unable to associate the MVP with the best basketball player in the world. The two are no longer synonymous. The MVP award is losing it’s authenticity because of writers, players, and others who are hating on the man who deserves it the most. If the NBA is not careful this season, and if they don’t award the MVP to Kobe, they could forever lose credibility with the Most Valuable Player award!