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.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Playoffs

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500180039 Saransh Gaurav Bhatt

    It’s simple – he never deserved more than 1 MVP. Not saying he wasn’t MVP calibre, but just do some research and it’s easy to understand. It goes like this:
    From his rookie 96-97 season to 03-04 Kobe Bryant was the 2nd best player on his team (just like Russel Westbrook is to Kevin Durant) because of Shaq.
    Then in 04-05 & 05-06 Steve Nash won it because of his Magic-like dominance and the Lakers finished in 11th & 7th place respectively. Then in 06-07 Nowitzki’s Mavericks finished with 67 wins and the Lakers again finished in 7th place. Dirk won it that year. Ever since? 1 man has dominated the league like nobody else has since MJ – LeBron James. 4 MVPs in the past 5 years. Take a look at where his Cavaliers/Heat have finished in those years. The MVP doesn’t reward players simply for their individual statistics in isolation, it takes into consideration 2 main things: 1) how well your team is doing compared to the rest of the NBA + 2) your individual (statistical) dominance compared to the rest of the NBA. Essentially the two main reasons are Shaq & LeBron. So it has absolutely nothing to do with the media liking or disliking Kobe, the fact is he only earned 1 MVP in his career.

    • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

      2001 Playoffs:

      Shaq and the rest of the NBA acknowledged that Kobe was LA’s most talented player. (Not Regular Season MVP, though)

      2003:

      Duncan/Kobe were equally deserving.

      The latter – amongst other accomplishments – posted nine consecutive 40-point games, weathered enduring injuries to Shaq (which was a trend at this juncture) et al, and led the Lakers from a horrific start to the Playoffs. (MVP)

      2006:

      Nash won it a second time because it was a nice story that the white, master-class point guard overcame the loss of his primary benefactor.

      Kobe’s starting lineup included Kwame Brown & Smush Parker, and they made the Playoffs while Bryant dominated to an extent which had not been seen since Jordan. (MVP)

      2007:

      Unstoppable, but the team’s injuries were overwhelming. (Dirk/Nash deserved MVP)

      2008:

      MVP

      2009 & 2010:

      Leader of the best team in the West/Champion. (MVP)

      Meanwhile, between 2002-2010, NBA player/executive consensus was that Kobe was the best player in the League. If that doesn’t mean you are the most valuable player more than once, the media did its job of advocating their preferred/media-affable candidates.

      Ultimately, individual performance and peer opinion carry far greater resonance than the media / Saransh Gaurav Bhatt’s respective opinions for an individual’s award.

      • DudeKembro

        “Between 2002-2010, NBA player/executive consensus was that Kobe was the best player in the League.” Not even close. Duncan and LeBron were both better in that time period. Kobe arguably should have won over Dirk and Nash, but arguably Duncan should have too. Kobe was obviously Shaq’s sidekick, and won nothing until Gasol got there, and then proceeded to becoming NBA Finals shooting performances of anyone ever voted Finals MVP: worst shooting percentage EVER for a Finals MVP in 2010, and only Finals MVP to ever not shoot over 50% in a *single* game in both ’09 and ’10. Gasol should have won those Finals MVP awards if you wanna talk about media advocating the wrong candidate. And you can’t be league MVP when it’s up for debate whether you’re even MVP of your team.

        • Peter Maguire

          Kobe the sidekick until crunch time then who really won those games

          • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

            Shaq scored 64% (!) of his points during the first half as a Laker.

        • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

          Look up the player-executive polls before responding subjectively. Once again, I’ll agree with the aforementioned personnel before doing so with a grown man who uses the name “Dude”. That’s all I will say in regards to your invented convictions.

          Shooting performances? You mean the late-decade Finals wherein he averaged 25ppg-32ppg? Terrible! You’re memory probably isn’t very good, so I’ll remind you that it was a legitimate question whether or not Kobe should have been awarded the first Finals MVP since Jerry West as a member of the losing team when the Lakers were down 2-3, in 2010. Kobe, not Gasol.

          It was Kobe, a guard, who averaged 8rpg during the Finals and pulled down 15 in Game 7. It was Kobe who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter of Game 7. Not to mention his defence and playmaking throughout the Playoffs. Gasol was fantastic, but it’s a common calling card for people who dislike Kobe to argue such asinine potentialities.

          In 2010, each player on both teams shot well below their season averages – percentage-wise, to use your idiotic means of evidence – and Kobe was no exception. Give the Celtics some credit for holding Kobe to 41%, Bynum to 45%, and Gasol to 47%.

          PS: I presume that you also forget that James holds the record for the largest Season-Finals points-per-game fall in NBA history. But how couldn’t you? It would make you look as though you’re withholding information for the sake of argument!

          • DudeKembro

            U mad?

    • iluuluu

      this is pretty much on the mark.

  • Peter Maguire

    great question- very hard to believe he didn’t win closer to 6-7 of them… media hype will either make you or break you. The real truth is year after year he is revered by all he plays against as the MVP of almost every game he plays in. GO Figure – NBA Players know who the real MVP’s are and the guy who earned all those accolades never got them,.

  • Peter Maguire

    Kind of cracks me up to think that Michael Jordan, Magic, Kareem and many others considered by their own peers to be GOAT players all recognize Kobe as the best player in the game yet the fickle press and some delusional fans do not recognize this guys greatness

  • iluuluu

    this is a easy question. the “most valuable player” needs to understand the team’s strengths and play to them. King James understands this and executes this mindset year after year playing to his team’s strengths, sharing the ball, and taking over the game only when absolutely necessary. KB24 is a different animal who takes over the game instinctively.

  • aj1111

    Kobe had the misfortune to have his most statistically dominant seasons in years his teams were not very good. Kobe while a great offensive players is not an efficient offensive player which hurt him when the team returned to glory in 2009-10. BTW no one but Laker fans think Kobe is the best player. I am a lifelong Laker fan but Kobe has rarely been clearly the best player in the game. Early on he was up against Shaq and Duncan, and Shaq was clearly more important to Laker success, His middle years the team was not very good, and his later years his contributions simply did not match those of Lebron James. At most he might have gotten one more MVP of the two that Nash got, that’s about it.

  • EducatedRon

    He just wasnt that good. Also have you ever heard of duncan or shaq? Lol b wannabe jordan bitch came up short lol.

  • Marty Mcfly

    Kobe hasnt one more Mvps because of the colorado case…He was blackballed bc the NBA didnt want the face of their brand to be him at that moment. In result they gave it to people like steve nash, and dirk..Kobe should have 4 mvps, maybe more if you want to make the arguement he was the better player on those shaq teams