Two years ago something awful happened in the world of basketball. One day, we will look back and think “horrible,” “ridiculous,” and “travesty.” I believe it will be known as the biggest mistake in the NBA from the last decade (aside from Andrew Bynum’s hair).
That horrible thing is… us.
We didn’t vote for LeBron James as MVP of the 2010-2011 regular season.
I have three main points to this philosophical essay. The following are three attributes that we should avoid when voting for (or tweeting about) the MVP.
Boredom:“Perhaps the most important source of aggression and destructiveness today.”– Erich Fromm. Humanistic Philosopher
I know it’s really boring to keep voting the same guy as MVP, year after year, but let’s remind ourselves of how lucky we are. We are witnessing the most consistently awesome basketball player of our generation. He is the best. I’m sorry, I know “the best” gets old after a while but let’s push through it and show that we are not an irrational generation. We are a generation of rational thinkers that see extraordinary basketball for what it is… not boring.
Let’s not be Hugh Grant, and tire of Elizabeth Hurley (in her prime) eventually finding ourselves a prostitute and kicking ourselves for ruining the greatest thing that had ever happened to us… including Notting Hill.
Lust: “Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.” –Marquis de Sade. Writer, Philosopher, and All Around Crazy Person
Oklahoma City and New York City. What a couple of awesome/sexy towns. They are so special and likable!
New York is the best city in the world, or at least that’s what the TV tells me. So if a player is doing well from New York, then we better consider him for MVP.
Carmelo is having a great year. He is leading the Knicks in scoring and more importantly, we is leading the Knicks to winning basketball games… all while having a gross pencil-thin mustache!
Oklahoma City is a great little “town that could.” A humble, city that prides itself on family and doing things “the right way.”
Kevin Durant is having an even better season than Melo. Durant is leading his team (and the league) in scoring. He also leads OKC in rebounds which should have him eclipse Melo, but it doesn’t (Hence, the power of New York).
Despite being from a couple of awesome/sexy towns, leading the league in scoring, ratcheting up the W column for the Knicks, neither one of them are named Lebron James.
Anger: “Somebody hits me, I’m going to hit him back. Even if it does look like he hasn’t eaten in a while.”– Charles Barkley.Political Philosopher
Sorry. Wrong Quote
Anger: “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain. Writer
In the 2010-2011 season, LeBron James had one of the douchiest seasons in basketball history. This resulted in Derrick Rose winning MVP and the breaking of LeBron’s two season MVP streak, even though LeBron was better than Rose in every category except assists (barely).
Because we were mad at LeBron, we voted for Rose. Because we voted for Rose, we robbed LeBron of his rightful trophy. And because we robbed Lebron, we robbed ourselves of being able to say we witnessed history.
Nobody has ever won more than three MVP’s in a row. This includes, Russel, Wilt, Bird, Magic, and Jordan. Nobody. The two years before Rose was voted MVP, Lebron won it. He also won it the year after Rose, meaning if we weren’t such tweenage girls about LeBron taking his talents to South Beach, he would have been the only player in NBA history to have more than 3 consecutive MVP awards… and counting.
So this year, I don’t care if LeBron dunks the ball, then slaps a woman in the face and takes his jersey off revealing a tattoo of a giant dragon spewing fire words that read “Cleveland Sux! Ed Hardy Rules!” We STILL need to vote LeBron James as MVP because he’s the best basketball player alive.
Now that we’ve gotten philosophical, can we stop playing games, please? We have been given a golden opportunity to redeem ourselves from our past transgressions. Let us not make the same mistake twice. Let us not have to one day look at our grandchildren and say “I’m sorry I was just really mad at him for what he did to that state I drove through once.”
It’s our time to make things right.