I'm not trying to piss off any Laker fans, and yes, I'm a Celtic fan, but I never thought Kobe should have been selected as the MVP long before Boston and the Lakers got to the finals. It's almost hard to believe they came to that conclusion.
I'm not sure what criteria the sports writers use, but they can't be basing it soley on stats. Although I'm not sure what else you could use as a barometer for such an award. While it's true Kobe was first in scoring this season, although only by 2 pts per game over Lebon James.
I heard chants of Kobe for MVP months before the season was over. It seemed every year he got beat out by someone else. Maybe the sports writers didn't want to deal with the backlash that was sure to occur if they didn't select Kobe. Maybe they just voted for the most popular player, or the name the heard the most on ESPN, either way, I think they got it wrong.
Kobe was only in the top ten in 2 catagories: pts (1) and steals (8). He was 40th in rebounds, 58th in blocks, 11th in assists, 20th in FG%. He truly is not a team player on a team sport. Ask yourself what happens if he doesn't score 35-40 pts. Name one person on the Lakers that will step up when Kobe has an off night. NONE! I' not sure why, but it seems like they are all puppets and their sole job is to get the ball to Kobe.
Until Kobe helps make the others better players the Lakers probably won't win a championship. To me, this makes Kobe a one dimensional player and thus, not an MVP.
My pick would have been Dwight Howard or Lebron James.