April 15, 2008

Hands down, Kobe Bryant is this season's MVP

2007-2008 NBA Regular Season Most Valuable Player - Kobe Bryant

That item should be in the sports almanacs in a month's time because there is no other player that deserves the awards more then the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.

This season, he finally "got it." The same way Michael Jordan transcended to perennial MVP fixture. Kobe made the Lakers better, he led the team to a Top 3 position in the utterly competitive Western Conference, and he's doing that at the shooting guard position, the toughest position to win the MVP. Kobe avoided the usual Lakers drama. As the season started, he kept all his gripes to himself, played and rolled with the Lakers.

Kobe learned to trust his teammates as he saw the improvement of Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher's steady presence and Pau Gasol's post game. The Lakers bench also saw dramatic improvement and Kobe led the them. Kobe played with an injury for most part of the season-- displaying his wide array of offensive moves while playing superb defense. His stats will also support his case (28.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists).

Chris Paul may have led the New Orleans Hornets, LeBron James may have the superior stats, Kevin Garnett may have turned the Boston Celtics around, but one player stands tall among them in the 2007-2008 season and that is Kobe Bryant.

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