Re: MVP Voting
I don't think having the players vote would work - not necessarily because of 'pressure' to vote for your own guy, but because by voting for your own guy you know your team would garner some press, favoritism with the refs etc. which would directly benefit the team as a whole.
I think the coaches would be better, and just make it so they can't vote for a guy on their own team (like the all-star reserves). The only downside being you would never have a unanimous MVP b/c one coach couldn't vote for their man and would have to vote for someone else.