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Old 04-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Former MVPs weigh in on who should be the MVP this season...

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Former MVPs give Durant slight edge over LBJ
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a wise man who commands respect much like a Supreme Court justice.

With that in mind, let Abdul-Jabbar give the majority opinion on who should be the NBA’s Most Valuable Player this season.

“I think that this year’s MVP award will end up in the hands of Kevin Durant,’’ Abdul-Jabbar said of the Oklahoma City forward. “Durant is my choice as front-runner due to the success of his team. Yes, he is on a young and talented team, but his presence has been the catalyst for their recent dominance.’’

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“There’s no question LeBron deserves the MVP, with his performance playing a complete game and for a successful team,’’ said Hakeem Olajuwon, the 1994 winner for Houston. “When you look at his contribution to his team and their record, there’s no question he deserves it.’’

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“Kevin Durant,’’ Pettit said definitively. “I just think that he means so much to his team. You look at all the things he does, and he’s so valuable to his team. They have (Russell) Westbrook, who is a strong player, but if you take Durant off Oklahoma City, they wouldn’t be as good (as Miami).’’

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Even Olajuwon said Durant could be a “sentimental choice.’’

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“There is always a tendency to reward a new player such as Durant when it is close with both personal stats and team wins,’’ Cowens said. “I think this thinking certainly helped me win an MVP.’’

Cowens agrees the margin will be narrow in the vote. But one reason he went with Durant is the very positive image he projects.

“I say give it to Durant because he represents himself and his team well and has been on top of his game from the get-go in the league,’’ said Cowens, who said the race is so close “you wouldn’t get an argument from me if James won.’’

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“Everybody has the same opinion that it’s either LeBron or Durant,’’ said O’Neal, who was James’ teammate with Cleveland in 2009-10 and is a TNT analyst. “Both are doing the same thing for their teams. It’s really, really close. I would probably go with LeBron . . .. But KD would be a close second. It wouldn’t be like no landslide vote.’’

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“LeBron has the edge because he’s having his best season,’’ Cousy said. “He seems to be touching every base. This is his year. He’s the complete package and doesn’t seem to have any perceptible weaknesses. He’s strong with his rebounding and his penetration and his perimeter shooting and his defense, and he’s a (good) passer.’’

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“I don’t think you can go wrong with LeBron,’’ Robertson said. “It’s kind of hard not to go with LeBron with the stats and what he’s done with winning Player of the Week and Player of the Month all those times.’’

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With that in mind, Nash selected Durant. He didn’t offer much elaboration, simply saying his pick was based on “the kind of year he is having.’’

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“Either one,’’ said Garnett, now with Boston. “Both are playing well. LeBron is always having a stat-filled year. Durant is fresher blood.’’

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2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose said he is on Team Durant for the award this season.

5-4 in favor of Durant

Rose, Pettit, Cowens, Kareem, and Nash say Durant
Oscar, Hakeem, Cousy, and Shaq say LeBron.

Garnett and Reed said it was a toss up.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Former MVPs weigh in on who should be the MVP this season...

Nice to hear from some of the older guys. I wouldnt mind Russells opinion.

Im sure we all knew who Oscar was gonna favor. Hes always behind Lebron. Probably sees some of himself.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #3
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KD is gonna have to learn how to play when teams play physical D against him. Give Lebron the damn MVP and be done with it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Former MVPs weigh in on who should be the MVP this season...

Kaj always been the truth
any oscar robertson opinion about james=
garnett just playin he know its durant

if durant worked with olajuwon and paid him he would say durant.fvck that nikka
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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Yep. Good to see the opinions of some older all time greats. This is going to be a very tight race. IMO, it's easier to argue for Durant or JBJ than it is to argue against either.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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call me crazy but why dont we have the former MVPs actually have a say on who should be the MVP, instead of the media getting it wrong once every 3-4 years.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Former MVPs weigh in on who should be the MVP this season...

Oscar, Hakeem, Cousy, and Shaq >>>>> Rose, Pettit, Cowens, Kareem, and Nash, so its Lebron
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Co-MVP this year.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:44 PM   #9
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call me crazy but why dont we have the former MVPs actually have a say on who should be the MVP

Because of ego.

Let's pretend Howard is the best player in the league... Shaq will never vote for him because he's upset at the whole Superman thing.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:44 PM   #10
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who actually votes on the MVP award? media?
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Co-MVP this year.

Has there ever been one in NBA history?
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #12
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who actually votes on the MVP award? media?
Yes, sportwriters and basketball reporters.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:51 PM   #13
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Default Re: Former MVPs weigh in on who should be the MVP this season...

Opinions, Opinions, Opinions...........

Actually Kareem... its Westbrooks presence that has been the catalyst for OKC, we all know how good Durant is, he is their best player, but he was this good last year and the year before that.... Westbrook was not, he elevated his game dramatically this season... and look what happened.... Westbrook has most of the time been matching Durants performance and many games even outmatching Durants performance this season, Westbrook himself is a 3-4 on the MVP race and will be the reason to why Durant wont win the MVP this year..... not to mention Harden and Ibaka who might win DPOY this year...

Lebron has a similar team record with a worse productive supporting cast and is 12-1 without Wade.... while overall performing better than Durant offensively & defensively.......... he has been 95% of this entire season #1 on the MVP ladder and is still #1 there with only a single digit games left to end the season....

It is very simple to who should win the MVP and who is the close 2nd....

These former MVPs who say Durant should win MVP is more for sentimental reasons, Durant is the fresher blood afterall....
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Durant is gonna win his first MVP
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #15
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“Kevin Durant,’’ Pettit said definitively. “I just think that he means so much to his team. You look at all the things he does, and he’s so valuable to his team. They have (Russell) Westbrook, who is a strong player, but if you take Durant off Oklahoma City, they wouldn’t be as good (as Miami).’’


if you take durant off okc they wouldnt be as good as miami, lol wtf?? of course they wouldn't thats a dumb statement
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