We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware.
Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it. So we didn’t. To heck with meaningful games, you can go in and vote now. Actually, this is just like Chicago — go vote early and often.
Right now Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are your frontrunners, with LeBron James third but a few steps back.
Which amazes me (and you see it in the media, too) — LeBron has won the last two MVPs resoundingly, he is 25 and going to a team that will be a marquee in the league, and yet nobody seems to think he’s win a third this year. How is he not the frontrunner? Apparently the LeBron burnout/backlash/whatever-you-want-to-call-it has spread into the MVP discussions as well.
But please, go vote for whomever you want. Personally, I’m trying to find a way to vote for Eddy Curry.
Joel Embiid on Monday will have an MRI on his injured left knee and is now listed as out indefinitely.
Embiid has been experiencing swelling and soreness in the left knee injury that has caused him to miss 16 out of the last 17 games. Bryan Colangelo announced back on Feb. 11 that Embiid has a minor meniscal tear. In his most recent press conference last Friday, Colangelo had targeted this Friday’s home game against the Knicks as a possibility for Embiid’s return. Now, that isn’t the case.
Embiid had been the biggest ray of hope for Philadelphia, but the 76ers shouldn’t chase watchability down the stretch. Sit Embiid until he’s fully healthy and secure the best draft position possible.
Maybe Embiid’s body just can’t handle the rigors of NBA basketball, but Philadelphia has no choice but to hope for the best with him and Simmons. And hope the nail the their first-round pick this year and get the Lakers’ first-rounder.
This could still be a dangerously good team in coming years. The Process created that potential.
But the threat of injury always looms around the corner, maybe especially so for Embiid.
Report: Knicks’ Joakim Noah likely to miss rest of season after knee surgery
Prepare for the talk next fall about Noah feeling refreshed and ready to help the Knicks.
But this surgery won’t reverse the underlying problem: Noah is a 31-year-old big man with heavy mileage. He can manage his knees, but it’s probably too late for him to regain enough athleticism to reliably contribute.
Just three years and $55 million+ remaining on his contract, which already looked like the NBA’s worst deal and is now even more unfavorable.
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