In my opinion you cant be the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER in the league when your team has no real value in terms of competitiveness and a real title shot. If your team is no real threat... then what is your value really?
Basketball is a team game so team success is more important then individual success. You cant just base MVP on a player cuz his team sucks and would suck worst with out him. If thatís the case you could make an argument for allot of players.
MVP is a guy on a team who has a real shot at the title... and his role on the team is huge, and he steps up to the challenge night in and night out.
Itís easy to be on a losing team and chuck up shot after shot while losing. But to be on a competitive team, and keep them competitive is a whole different thing all together.
For example, the Mavs last year in the playoffs. Yes Dirk got the MVP... but when his team was losing was the perfect time to show why he is MVP, and he choked. a real MVP would have stepped up and did the necessary things to keep his team competitive on both ends of the court.
Thats what MVP is about, no matter how good your team is... you keep them good. You step up and make the game deciding plays. If your team is not competitive its no point in being MVP cuz there will be nothing memorable about your season.
Only way Kobe gets MVP is if he gets his team 50+ wins (al la Iverson in 2001). Kobe winning MVP now is like McGrady winning the award in his Orlando days (which means it won't happen).
If LA wins 50+ games (which they were on pace to do so last year before injuries) and Kobe leads the league in scoring, and continues to play defense the way he has in this early season...he easily wins the MVP.
30 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, 2.8 SPG, 1.2 BPG on 50% shooting...so far in 5 games.