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THE REAL MVP?

The term Most Valuable Player (MVP) is one of the most debated and argued topics in sports especially in a sport where one player can dominate individually. Some say it means the best player on the best team, others say it’s the best player in the sport and some say it’s the person who has the worst supporting cast, but still puts up good numbers. The consensus definition is that an MVP is the player most responsible for their team’s success (whatever that means).

The 2011 NBA MVP was Derrick Rose. The youngest player to ever win the award and the first to win it for the Chicago Bulls since..that’s right “His Airness” Micheal Jordan. Rose went from middle of the pack to the top of the league in one year and took his team from the 8th seed in the eastern conference to number 1. He did it with two of his starting big men — Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah — missing about 50 games between them. He averaged 25 ponts and 7.7 assists per game during the regular season the only player to be in the top 10 for both categories. He’s soared over defenses, made opposing players look foolish trying to stay in front of him and given Chicago fans a reason to believe that there is life after Jordan. And with all that said, he’s still not the MVP.

The best player in the NBA during the regular season was LeBron James. He’s been the best player for the past few years and was the MVP two years in a row before Rose won it this year. After leaving Cleveland to go to Miami and play with two other superstars, the perception of James changed drastically. His expectations also went through the roof because of the team he would have around him. Rose, on the other hand, didn’t have expectations this high.

Most expected Rose and the Bulls to become a top four team in the east, but not the best. So James never had a fair chance to be considered the best player because he had “too much help”. And even with all the help that James had he still averaged what he averages for his career 27 points 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He was named to the NBA’s all defensive team and he is the only player to be unanimously voted First Team All-NBA.

Now that we are coming up on game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Jame’s has proved that he is the best player on his team and on the floor against the Bulls. He has done all of the little things writers and analysts have criticized him for all season. He closed out game 2 against the Bulls scoring nine of the Heat’s 14 fourth quarter points. He’s made 26 of 33 free throws during this series and he’s played smothering defense on every opposing player on the court including the MVP Derrick Rose.

Some may say that what James is doing in the playoffs doesn’t matter because the MVP is regular season award. I say the playoffs have forced people to look at James and remember just how good he is. And if you’ve really been watching, you have to agree.

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EVERYTHING MUST GO: NBA FREE AGENCY 2010

Before I talk about the topic I want to take you back a couple of years. Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals to be exact.
Time was ticking down and the Celtics were ready to explode with excitement and social networking sites were buzzing about what it all meant.
As I sat at my computer I thought about the clich├ęs people often say when people win championships and “defense wins championships” popped into my head. But when I looked at that team I though “Free Agency (FA) Wins Championships” was a more fitting headline.
So, the 2010 FA period to me was the most important off-season event for the NBA contenders and wanna be contenders.
I’ll start with the teams that made the biggest moves in the eastern conference.

MIAMI HEAT

The Heat front office staff, led by the incomparable Pat Riley, did what most NBA franchises with cap room wanted to do. He did what Chris Bosh didn’t think was possible. He signed three Players to max deals. Dwayne Wade, who has been with the Heat since the beginning of his career, Bosh, who it seemed was not going to be allowed back in Canada at one point because he was tweeting so much and the surprise of FA LeBron James — now the most hated man in Ohio and considered more selfish and self-centered than Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Deion Sanders combined, because of his 1-hour special: THE DECISION.

All of the players are taking less money to play together and many believe that their individual legacies will be slightly tarnished, mostly LeBron because he has lost his “Batman” identity.
The Heat got rid of forward Michael Beasley through trade via Minnesota, but re-signed point guard Mario Chalmers and fan favorite Udonis Haslem. The Heat are in the process of bringing Big Z over from Cleveland, Mike Miller from the Wizards and Juwon Howard from the Rockets, and they still haven’t signed their draft picks yet. Needless to say come October, this team will be stacked. Overall it appears the Heat are the favorite to win the title (No matter what D-Wade says) if the team can mesh.

CHICAGO BULLS

In my opinion the Bulls made the second biggest splash this summer by landing forward Carlos Boozer and sharp-shooter Kyle Korver. Korver gives the Bulls a good shooter, with size, that can defend (I use that term loosely) on the wing.

Boozer will complement a young and talented team with Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, veteran luol Deng and sixth-man Taj Gibson. The Bulls led the league in rebounding last year and with Boozer in the post, the other team might never see the ball. I expect the Bulls to contend for one of the top four playoff spots in the eastern conference.

NEW YORK KNICKS


The Knicks could have signed anyone and it would have been an upgrade from what fans have seen these past five years. Although they missed out on LeBron –Who wasn’t coming anyway– they made a great decision to pick up Amare Stoudemire. They were smart enough to do a sign-and-trade for David Lee and get three players for him — Ronny Turiaf, Kaleena Azubuike and Anthony Randolph. They also picked up point guard Raymond Felton through FA to play along with Stoudemire and run the pick-and-roll. These additions plus the maturation of Gallinari and Wilson Chandler could put the Knicks in the 7th or 8th spot in the east.

Part two coming soon…All Western conference moves.

All pictures courtesy of ESPN.com