Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) celebrates with the Bill Russell mvp trophy after winning the NBA championship in game five of the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Thread: Lebron claims fourth MVP, why does Kobe only have one?

May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) holds the MVP trophy before game two of the second round of the 2012 NBA playoffs game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals against he Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In what could very well be one of the least exciting MVP races of all time, Lebron James is set to receive his fourth Most Valuable Player award.

With it he now joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only four-time winners of the award. And stands with Russell as the only players in league history to win the award four times in five years.

Which got us thinking – why does Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest competitors the game has ever known, only have on MVP on his mantle?

Is it because he’s simply never been one to cater or the media? Or because his individual worth to LA does not rival those who won in spite of him?

We’re inclined to believe the MVP award has never mattered all that much to Bryant – it’s about the rings. And if that be the case, he’s certainly the member of a very elite group in his own right.

That said, we want to know what YOU think. Why does Bryant sport a lone MVP award, while his teammate Steve Nash and so many others have claimed multiple?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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