Author: Kurt Helin

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Anthony Davis says James Harden should be MVP


You can make a good case for Anthony Davis to be the MVP — he’s scoring 24.7 points a game on 54 percent shooting, he’s pulling down 10.4 rebounds a game and blocking 2.9 shots a night. His PER of 31.1 this season would be not only the best in the NBA this season but in the top 10 all time (with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan).

But he’s not going to win it, not on a Pelicans team that will miss the playoffs. He should be on voter’s five-deep ballots, but he’s not going to win it.

Who should? If you ask Davis, he says James Harden.

Davis was on the Dan Patrick Show Monday mostly talking Kentucky, but Patrick asked him about the MVP race. Davis tried not to pick anyone, but then eventually leaned Harden.

“It’s tough. A lot of guys are playing out of their mind. James Harden, Russ (Westbrook), Steph (Curry), LeBron (James)…

“(Harden is) out of his mind. He’s definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this on my team every day. It’s like every day. I think with him not having Dwight [Howard] for as much as he did, and he still competed and is still winning games for them, it’s unreal.”

So Davis agrees with Dwyane Wade. Andrew Bogut would beg to differ.

Harden and Stephen Curry seem to be the frontrunners right now. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James seem just half a step back as momentum builds for the vote. Davis is on the outside looking in, Chris Paul has people making his case — and he’s been making it on the court lately — but he seems to be coming from too far behind in most voters’ eyes.

None of that is fair; any one of those guys could claim legitimate claim to the crown. But the smart money is on Curry.

Or Harden.

Depends on what day you ask me.

Kevin Durant posts picture from hospital bed, thanks fans, “NBA brothers”

2015 NBA All-Star Game

Kevin Durant posted this from his hospital bed on the day he had bone graft surgery on his right foot, his third surgery on that foot this season.

Durant is expected to be out about six months, which would have him back in time for training camp and next season. That would be his contract year, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016 (but you knew that already).

Shaq takes shots at Lakers, Clippers during Justin Bieber roast

Shaquille O'Neal

The point of the Comedy Central event was to mock Justin Bieber. Which is about as difficult as making a Nissin Cup of Noodles. There seemed to be a lot of celebrities, not professional comedians, in on this one, probably because the comedians prefer a challenge.

Shaq was among the celebrity roasters, but he veered off the main topic to poke fun at the Los Angeles basketball teams.

Making fun of the Lakers brings us back to the Cup of Noodles, but Shaq fired shots at Chris Paul, who was in the audience.

For Shaq’s sake let’s hope this was recorded a month ago or so (it likely was) because the Clippers have won seven in a row and have looked pretty good lately.

The shot at the Lakers was slow pitch right down the middle of the plate.

Hat tip to Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball, who never misses anything Bieber related.