PBT Extra: Why will there be NBA Players’ Choice Awards? Will people care?

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Kevin Durant made the sentiment public — players don’t like that the media gets to vote for MVP and other awards — but he is far from the only person to think it.

In steps Michelle Roberts, the new head of the players’ union, with the Players’ Choice Awards — NBA players are going to vote their own MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and so on.

The first question may be will anyone care? However, I think the bigger point here is this is another step in Roberts trying to ingratiate herself with the rank and file players (and particularly the big stars) because she’s going to need them to have her back when the 2017 lockout turns nasty.